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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
I learned that people really are good once one gets to know them.
The book deals with a lot of different issues of the time and place of the story, but also of human behavior - in the past and some of it is still relevant today.
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.
Required reading in high school. Re-read this classic to refresh myself and now have a greater appreciation for this book's relevance. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by ChiBuyer
I was so glad to finally read this book. I saw the movie when it first came out. I was just a young teen and too wrapped up in myself to
understand that civil rights were... Read more
This was a re-read for me but after many years it was like new and I loved it. We do not have books like this anymore and how nice to sit down and experience a novel of this... Read morePublished 2 hours ago by ginger hoffman
I just re-read this book and loved it as much as I did as a child.
Scout reminds me so much of my own childhood and feelings about school. Read more