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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.
Heard kids rave about it so read it. Great story for everyone to read on morales and tolerancePublished 12 hours ago by Michael Dowie
Atticus, I wish there was I way I could meet you in person. This book is the most poignant thing I have ever read.Published 23 hours ago by Katherine P. Sycks
Read this in high school but, didnt remember much. Was nice to read again, on my kindlePublished 1 day ago by A.L.C.
All my life I've heard how great this book is. Waited 60 years to form my own option and find it does not disappoint. Read morePublished 1 day ago by S. Foster
THE great American novel? Always has been for me, and fascinating to read this again with "Go Set a Watchman," to consider a writer's process in refining a story that was... Read morePublished 1 day ago by BC