New Harper Lee novel depicts a dark Atticus Finch
The New York Times reviewed Harper Lee's latest book 'Go Set a Watchman' — and its depiction of the beloved Atticus Finch is shocking.
In the 1960s classic 'To Kill a Mockingbird', Finch is a lawyer who steps up to defend a black man accused of raping a woman. Lee describes him as the book's moral conscience...but the latest novel redefines his character as a racist strongly against integration and who once attended a KKK meeting.
'Watchman' was actually written in the mid fifties before 'Mockingbird.' Lee put the novel aside on the advice of her editor to focus more on Scout Finch's childhood, and the edits produced 'To Kill A Mockingbird.'The new novel takes place in Maycomb, Alabama — the same location as 'Mockingbird' – and follows an adult Scout some 20 years after we last saw her.
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