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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
Can see why it won the Pulitzer Prize. Beautifully written & haunting in its depiction of a tumultuous era in American historyPublished 57 minutes ago by Tiffany B.
Very interesting, keeps you reading till the end!
Sad to say, but things haven't changed all that much.
How great to read true, honest prose that tells an age old story of black and white in the deep south; all the while
telling it through the eyes of a child. Read more
Good book! Read it in high school, and it remains classic quality to this dayPublished 8 days ago by leafinthewind
Great book. I never read it as a child but I do love how it is written from the child's perspective. Great character development too. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Dianne
I read or rather reread To Kill a Mockingbird in anticipation of the newly discovered manuscript by Harper Lee. I also watched the movie again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda Pfeiffer