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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.
I rarely feel motivated to writer reviews. But, with all the recent publicity for Harper Lee and her writing, I just had to read this. Read morePublished 59 minutes ago by R. M. Shaw
The wonderful character development gradually leads you by the hand through a story, in a small southern town in a time gone by not so long ago.Published 4 hours ago by Celia J
Bought this book because I heard it was a "must read". I was not disappointed. I devoured it in a week and plan to read again in a couple months. Fantastic book!Published 10 hours ago by Brian
Best book ever, a true American treasure. So much wisdom from such likable characters. A true classic everyone should read.Published 15 hours ago by Laurie M. Robb
I would recommend this book to anyone especially 7th/8th graders. One of my most favorite books of all time. I am excited for the sequel.Published 17 hours ago by Tina kenefick
An American literary classic that is captivating, stimulating,Mandy thought provoking. A child like attitude and perception of the world ...Published 21 hours ago by Brianna Molin
I have lost count as to how many times I have read this book and each time I come away with new thoughts. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by James Cooper