- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (Oct. 11 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446310786
- ISBN-13: 978-0446310789
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.5 x 2.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 1,020 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
To Kill a Mockingbird Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1988
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"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.... When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, who was four years my senior, said it started long before that. He said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out."
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
"Marvelous . . . Miss Lee's original characters are people to cherish in this winning first novel."―The New York Times
"Remarkable triumph . . . Miss Lee writes with a wry compassion that makes her novel soar."―Life magazine
"Miss Lee wonderfully builds the tranquil atmosphere of her Southern town, and as adroitly causes it to erupt a shocking lava of emotions."―San Francisco Examiner
"Skilled, unpretentious and tototally ingenuous . . . tough, melodramatic, acute, funny."―The New Yorker
"A novel of great sweetness, humor, compassion, and of mystery carefully sustained."―Harper's Magazine
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It's sad to see after so much progress, such pride in having Obama, a president a country could be proud of. Now, Trump is one to be made fun if, but he still has the power.
I love the POV of Scout, a little one who understands more and more as she sees how her little society works. The characters are richly described, all the vignettes are meant to be meandered through, to be experienced with Scout and Jem, and Dill sometimes.
Atticus is the ideal man, trying to raise his children and do his job well. Unfortunately, even he can't change the tides of bigotry. Poor Tom Robinson and his family suffer because the evil Ewells decide to go after them, and win their case, even though they're truly white trash.
Lots more I could write, but this book said a lot of it. Must read.
Although Harper Lee wrote this book in 1962, during the civil rights movement, To Kill a Mockingbird, is as current today in some ways. I think of
Rodney King, Trevon Martin, and the recent events in Ferguson. The disparity between black men and white men in U.S. prisons, this is still with us some fifty years later.. We now say the N word instead of the offensive word used in the book but just because we don`t utter it doesn`t mean the sentiments are gone. No wonder this is a classic.
telling it through the eyes of a child. I have seen the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird several times and loved
it. However, I was pleased to see that the movie and the book are verbatim, so I also had a mental image of the
events as I was reading the book. Scout,Jem, and Dill's adventures are all inextricably linked to life's lessons,
"you don't know a person till you've walked around in his skin", "do you know what compromise is? ..an agreement
reached by mutual conessions" and " never kill a mockingbird, all they do is sing their hearts out for us".
I am so glad to have read this old favorite again, thank you Harper Lee.
5 stars. Conclusion , A good read which should be read by people with any genre specifications.
I will warn you that some language may be offensive but Lee sticks to the true feeling of the time period, not matter how hard it may be to swallow.
My only wish is that she(Lee) would have wrote more books.
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