[Quick Summary: Scout, a 6 y.o. tomboy, observes her attorney father Atticus defend a black man in a 1932 racially charged Alabama town.]
Horton Foote wrote an incredibly fast read (it's 136 pgs.!)
I liked that it's told from a child's point of view because the situation is filtered much differently than an adult.
These children are very observant, & so much of the real meaning comes out in subtext.
ex. Who knifed bad Mr. Ewell? Jem? Boo Radley? Does it matter? Atticus tells Scout that Ewell fell on his knife & asks if she understands. She tells him yes & repeats the story he told earlier about shooting a mockingbird.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: As the children struggle to learn about very serious subjects, the audience also grapples with them.
I liked that there was a message wrapped in a story (not a story wrapped in a message).
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
by Horton Foote