Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Go Set a WatchmanGo Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is NOT a sequel, but a very early 1957 DRAFT of Harper Lee's bestseller, To Kill a Mockingbird. It was edited and rewritten and thoroughly edited again before it was finally published 4 years later as TKAM and imho this early draft should never have been published. The main characters may be the same, but this is an entirely different story in both shape and tone from “TKAM.” I liked the young Scout much better than the mature Jean Louise and this older racist version of Atticus Finch is certainly not the heroic and inspiring character we’ve so admired these past 55 years. There is a faint glimmer of plot but it is not coherent. It is not robust. The prose is flat and meandering. So disappointing.

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