August 29, 2015

Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee

Hey, Boo – I have never read a more confounding book. Some of this novel is charming, sentimental and well-written; the more notorious parts left me disappointed in both Atticus and Scout in ways I don’t believe any fictional characters have disappointed me before. Those sections also left me suspicious of the book’s provenance. None of this, for me, diminishes To Kill a Mockingbird, which I still consider a true American classic. I also find some encouragement in the fact that people have such strong opinions about this “new” old book; I had feared that books were losing their ability to elicit fierce reactions.


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