Rewards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1961)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.I was excited when my English teacher told us we were going to be reading this book. I'd heard a lot about it, and everyone I knew who read it talked about how great it was. I think everyone in my class enjoyed reading it as well.
I've read some negative reviews on Goodreads that criticize the book saying it's naive or idealistic. I can see where their coming from, but I don't think that makes it a bad novel. It may not be very realistic for a man to defend a black man in the south (or anywhere in the U.S. for that matter) during the time period when To Kill a Mockingbird takes place, but I don't think that really matters. It is, after all, a work of fiction. I also don't think naivety is necessarily a bad thing in certain cases, but I don't want to talk much about that.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and I'd definitely recommend this to others.
*I'm not really to happy with this review. It's probably because it's late. I'm tired, and I don't know if any of this will make sense after I've slept. I may come back and edit this later, but I felt like I needed to (finally) get it up.