Saturday, July 11, 2015

First Chapter of Harper Lee's "Go Set A Watchman" Released

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Social media was abuzz Friday after The Guardian and Wall Street Journal placed the first chapter of Harper Lee's highly anticipated book, Go Set A Watchman, on their websites. The book is set for release on July 14. Go Set A Watchman is a sequel to Ms. Lee's Pulitzer-prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published in July 1960.

In the first chapter of Go Set A Watchman, readers find Jean Louise Finch, better known as "Scout," as an adult woman living in New York and traveling to Alabama to visit her attorney-father, Atticus Finch, 20 years after the events that occurred in To Kill A Mockingbird. 

According to Wall Street Journal, Go Set A Watchman is the most pre-ordered book on Amazon since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It comes as no surprise then, that reaction to the first chapter were mixed: 

Bloomberg Business was enthralled with the first line of the book:
"Since Atlanta, she had looked out the dining-car window with a delight almost physical." 

• According to The New York Times' review, the book portrays Atticus Finch, who defended a black man against a trumped-up rape charge in To Kill A Mockingbird, as having a dark side. In fact, the review says the book describes Atticus as a racist who attends a Klan meeting and says not-so-nice things about black people. 

National Public Radio's headline describes the first chapter as swinging from "Homecoming to Heartbreak.

• Mick Brown, writer for The Telegraph, asked whether Harper Lee's  "lost" novel should have been published at all? 

Now, it's your turn to be a reviewer. In case you haven't read it yet, here are links to the first chapter of Go Set A Watchman from The Guardian and Wall Street Journal 

So, tell us what you think of the first chapter ?

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