25 May 2010

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
(Paperback, 323 pages)


Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred.  One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, served as the basis of an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father (a crusading local lawyer) risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

To Kill a Mockingbird is absolutely brilliant and truly deserving of its classic status.  It is a book about justice, race and bigotry, courage and cowardice, values of the family, and about humanity.  The novel speaks through the 8-year-old voice of Scout Finch, the youngest child of a widower, Atticus Finch. There are two stories being told, one is about Scout, her older brother Jem and their summertime friend Dill as they pass three summers together in a small town in Alabama.  The other is about the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman in 1930's and Atticus is appointed to represent Tom Robinson.  The seamless writing of Harper Lee brings both stories together with characters you genuinely care about.

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