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Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.
Like the slow-moving occupants of her fictional town, Lee takes her time getting to the heart of her tale; we first meet the Finches the summer before Scout's first year at school. She, her brother, and Dill Harris, a boy who spends the summers with his aunt in Maycomb, while away the hours reenacting scenes from Dracula and plotting ways to get a peek at the town bogeyman, Boo Radley. At first the circumstances surrounding the alleged rape of Mayella Ewell, the daughter of a drunk and violent white farmer, barely penetrate the children's consciousness. Then Atticus is called on to defend the accused, Tom Robinson, and soon Scout and Jem find themselves caught up in events beyond their understanding. During the trial, the town exhibits its ugly side, but Lee offers plenty of counterbalance as well--in the struggle of an elderly woman to overcome her morphine habit before she dies; in the heroism of Atticus Finch, standing up for what he knows is right; and finally in Scout's hard-won understanding that most people are essentially kind "when you really see them." By turns funny, wise, and heartbreaking, To Kill a Mockingbird is one classic that continues to speak to new generations, and deserves to be reread often. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
This is a book I have looked toward to reading for quite a while and it amazes me so much to how good it is.Published 15 hours ago by CrazyG
Somehow, I made it all these years without reading this book. And just read it now as my daughter prepares to read it for 9th grade. Read morePublished 1 day ago by M. Erickson
Great book, can't believe I read this in college and not earlier, this is definitely a classic book.Published 1 day ago by Sixto
Great story. Entertaining. Used book for educational purposes.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
It certainly kept me in suspense. I was saddened by the senseless killing of Tom. Boo Radley turned out to be a hero! I enjoyed it.Published 2 days ago by Lyn
This is NOT an audiobook as it was advertised! I'm very disappointed by the false advertising! Amazon is my "go to" for ordering much more than just books, and normally it... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jennifer Usrey