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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.
The writing is wonderfully beautiful and charming.
This book doesnt start getting good until the end but it is like when you read it you keep wanting to so you can find out what happens next.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that was written in 1960 by Harper Lee about Jem and Scout Finch growing up in Maycomb County, Alabama.
What can I say? It's the perfect book. (Perfect movie, perfect film score as well, by the way.)Published 1 hour ago by Lee Kaplan
You Wil fail in love with the characters. And what I most like about the book is that the author didn't hold back on the graphic side of things.Published 14 hours ago by Yvonne Hilderbrand
I first read this book in high school, more than fifty years ago and it was just as good and sadly just as relevant now as it was then. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Amazon Customer
What can you say, this is one of the best books ever written!!
I saw the movie first, and would actually recommend that path, as the book fills in details the movie drops,... Read more