Today is a big day in the world of publishing. Harper Lee releases her second book. Her first was To Kill a Mockingbird which was released in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize. The book inspired millions of Americans and those around the world. Gregory Peck won the Oscar in 1963 for his portrayal of Atticus Finch. So today is a huge day in the world of American history as well. To Kill a Mockingbird is required reading in every high school or college writing 101 classes. However, today many are saying they will not read Go Set a Watchman as they assert Finch is portrayed as a racist.
I have not read the book but I’m sure Lee’s portrayal is much more well-rounded and in many ways I’m glad to see that Finch had more dimension than his saintly portrayal in To Kill a Mockingbird. It will be interesting to see how readers respond because rumors are Lee has a third book waiting in the wings.
The following are a few reviews of Go Set a Watchman. Judge for yourself.
Entertainment Weekly: http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/14/go-set-watchman-harper-lee-ew-review?hootPostID=84ed308bd2f692878cead22af903e5b5
New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/14/opinion/go-set-a-watchman-by-harper-lee-atticus-finch-transformed.html
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/11/go-set-a-watchman_n_7774316.html