To Kill a Mockingbird

fiction, Novel by Cliffs, Harper Lee, Tamara Castleman
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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

First Published

1960

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skunk

Skunk

Das Buch zeigt schön die erschreckende Ungleichheit von Weißen und Schwarzen in den Südstaaten um 1930 und ist damit historisch interessant. Daneben gibt es Ideen für die Erziehung und den Umgang mit Kindern. Das Buch ist gut geschrieben, die Erzählung aus der Sicht eines kleinen Mädchens ist gut getroffen, hätte manchmal aber etwas kürzer sein dürfen.

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moniquenardini

Moniquenardini

The name in Portuguese is "O sol é para todos" not "por favor, não matem a cotovia".

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nettelynne

Nettelynne

I love this book it was the first thing I read when I got out of high school

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ewmunn

Ewmunn

Maybe I'm just not fond of this kind of storytelling, but 'To Kill a Mockingbird' kept my attention with exceptional writing, and did little of interest with it.

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will_rt

Will_rt

Das Buch fesselt, ohne wirklich spannend zu sein. Natürlich werden traditionelle Werte vermittelt wie Wert der Familie, Aufrichtigkeit und Anstand. Aber im Mittelpunkt steht das Thema Rassismus, obwohl etwas verklärt durch die Sicht der kindlichen Erzählerin. Man wird Teil dieser Welt beim Lesen, ein "Pageturner"!

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msugargold

Msugargold

Classic. I've read this book more times than I can remember. It remains on my top ten list of all time favorite novels

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mandavi

Mandavi

Zwei Geschwister, Jem und Jean Louise, wachsen in der Amerikanischen Kleinstadt Maycomb County auf. Atticus, ihr Vater ist Anwalt und wird zum Pflichtverteidiger des Schwarzen Tom Robinson ernannt, welcher verdächtigt wird, ein weißes Mädchen vergewaltigt zu haben. Es geht um die Vorverurteilung Robinsons aufgrund seiner Hautfarbe, Gut und Böse und das Aufwachsen von Jean Louise mit den Widersprüchen der Amerikanischen Gesellschaft der 1930er Jahre. Nach ein paar Seiten ließ es sich auch recht flüssig im englischen Original lesen, trotzdem mir die Lust auf dieses Buch zu Schulzeiten gehörig vermiest wurde.

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