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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.
This book has been a favorite of mine for most of my life. I have no idea how many times I have read it; each time I find it fresh and absorbing. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Alana
...in my not-so-humble opinion. This is such a great book, from any angle you take. I read it to our 11 year old son. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
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I wanted to rate this book, but didn't want to fully review it. But there is the Amazon rule to reach 20 words. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mike Grant
A marvellous story about life in a small town in Alabama seen through the eyes of a young girl.Published 2 days ago by eldrid munck
I first watched the movie and then read the book in Kindle. It was good to have a picture of each of the characters in my mind meanwhile I was recreating each page and situation... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Bella53
Harper Lee is a powerful storyteller and an even more powerful writer. If you haven't read this book in a while it's time to reread it and absorb its goodness.Published 2 days ago by Paula