To Kill a Mockingbird is an American novel written by Harper Lee, and first published in 1960. It is considered a classic of American literature; it has sold over 30 million copies and has been translated into 40 different languages. Despite the novel's great success, it remains the author's only published novel.
The novel is set in the southern United States in the first half of the twentieth century, at a time when African American people had fewer rights than white people did. The narrator is white and tells the story of how, when she was less than ten years old, her brother, who was a couple of years older than her, broke his arm. The innocence of the young narrator contrasts with the racial discrimination practised by many of the adults in the town where she lives. The novel is well known for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racism.
I read this book when I was in my early thirties but I think one of my sisters studied it for her GCSE in English literature when she must, I suppose, have been about fifteen years old. It is one of the books I have most enjoyed reading. I found some parts very funny and others very sad, I found it believable from start to finish and I liked the insight it gave me into another place and era.
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The narrator's father is a lawyer, and he defends a black man who is accused of raping a white woman. The book's main theme is racial discrimination, and the book contains many derogatory words for black people. It also contains some language.
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