Powerfully moving and honest.

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

I honestly didn't expect to enjoy this half as much as I did. The voice of Scout is perfect and her observations of the people around town are astute and frequently witty. At the centre of the story is the unforgivable injustice against Tom Robinson and the ability of white people on the jury and commenting on the trial to judge a man solely on the colour of his skin. While this is set almost 100 years ago, the theme remains depressingly relevant. At times it seems as though Scout and her brother are alone among the whites in their despair at the condemned man's death, both are forced to grow up quickly and face violence and hatred because of their father's work. 

An unexpected friend comes to Scout's rescue twice, and prevents a second tragic death from occurring.

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There are outstanding passages throughout, but I will quote just a couple.

"it drew him as the moon draws water."
And the age old question, asked by a child, "how can you hate Hitler so bad an' then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home?"