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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 is a book that should be required reading in high school.
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.
I think that everyone should read this book because it really makes you think about what is important in life.
Still wonderful, third time. ReD most recently in preparation for forthcoming work by Lee.Published 42 minutes ago by Jean Curtis
Just a great story and very well written. Enjoyed from start to finish. Can't wait to read her next bookPublished 3 hours ago by lo
I just got done listening to "To Kill A Mockingbird " so that I would be refreshed when Harper Lee's new novel comes out in July "Go Set a Watchman". Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Kathleen L. Smith
I was always curious about reading this book as I didn't have to read it in school and I really liked it.Published 7 hours ago by JHone
We analyzed this in class and it made me cry. We all are hypocrites. We all are evil. We are not different from Germany. This was an amazing novel. :)Published 7 hours ago by a bit hard but awsome
I never read this book growing up. It was quite a treat reading from a 9 year old's point of view. Loved the story and the way it was written. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Leslie A. Pritchard