To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

Rating: 5 stars

I studied this book many years ago at school and had really enjoyed it but it was an awfully long time ago and couldn’t really remember much about it. After re-reading it, I’m pleased that it’s as good as I remember, telling the story of life in a small town in 1930s deep south US through the eyes of a young girl whose father is a lawyer defending a black man accused of raping a white woman.

Its themes of racism, division and small-town mentality all still ring true today, but it also takes pleasure in the gentility of the South, the fact that everyone in this town knows everyone else and the general feel of the 1930s. It’s telling that even the attitudes of the more enlightened characters are still not what would be considered acceptable today, but then progress takes time. A highly recommended read.

Book details

ISBN: 9780099419785
Publisher: Arrow
Year of publication: 1960

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