NY Times reviews ‘Go Set a Watchman’

Michiko Kakutani reviews Harper Lee’s (photo) highly anticipated second novel ‘Go Set a Watchman’.

Harper Lee

Michiko Kakutani, literary critic for The New York Times, reviews Harper Lee’s highly anticipated second novel ‘Go Set a Watchman. Harper Lee already completed the unexpected novel in the mid-1950s, before she wrote ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. The story unfolds twenty years after Lee’s classic ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ in which the main character Atticus Finch “defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town filled with prejudice and hatred in the 1930s”. “Shockingly in .. ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Atticus Finch is a racist who once attended a Klan meeting,” Kakutani said. “The depiction of Atticus in Watchman makes for disturbing reading, and for Mockingbird fans, it’s especially disorienting.”

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The first chapter of ‘Go Set A Watchman is available here.

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