Thursday, July 16, 2015

Who's Afraid of Harper Lee? Part Two

You can find Part One here.

Now that folks have had some time to read Go Set A Watchman by Haper Lee, more reviews and articles are appearing. 

One of the first things to note is that the hard copy of the book is missing some lines because of a printer's error! 

This article sums up a lot of the issues surrounding the text and its publication. It's really thorough and contains many great links.

This, from The Atlantic, is also good and full of links.

Some of the initial hysteria over the news that Atticus Finch is a racist is turning now to deeper reflection.

Lots of folks are responding in very personal ways...Some are still, very thoughtfully, gearing themselves up to read it.

The Guardian newspaper rounded up several critics to respond to the novel, and I found each response to be really interesting.

Both The New Yorker and the New Statesman produced high-quality reviews, as one would expect.

This Washington Post piece is also thorough, thoughtful, and fair.

This writer interviews himself about his thoughts on the book.

This article discusses some of the (fairly obvious) literary problems with this novel. This longer, perhaps better, piece delves into those problems more deeply. This review is one I think many teachers and students would find useful.

Like many others, this article reads the novel in the light of current events.

I hope you find this helpful, and I hope you read the book!

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