Harper Lee has reportedly died
was, in my opinion (and many other people’s), one of the great novels.
I was even more impressed with it recently when I re-read it, and then read the “recently discovered” early draft
I was amazed at author Harper Lee’s ability to take what was a cynical and somewhat dark world view, based on the author’s own experiences, and then rework it from the more optimistic viewpoint of a life lived many years earlier.
To me, that’s astounding!
When most people are soured on something, they can’t go back and ever see it as they saw it before.
Reading GSaW improved my already considerable admiration for Harper Lee, and gave me perhaps a better understanding as to why the topic of the book might have been a sore spot for decades.
None of that takes away from the value of TKaM, which will always stand as a superior work of literature.
My condolences go out to the family and friends. I will be forever grateful for having had To Kill a Mockingbird in my life.
In case you are interested, this is my review of Go Set a Watchman on Goodreads:
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