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IF YOU ARE A FAN OF HARPER LEE GIVE IT A MISS
4 October 2017
'To Kill a Mockingbird' is one of my favourite books, and possibly one of the greatest American novels ever written. Harper Lee never published another novel even though she wrote drafts. This 'sequel' is nothing more than a shameful, unconscientious cash grab by a publisher who has cobbled together a novel from drafts that Harper Lee in her judgement deemed unfit for publication. Consequently everything feels disjointed and tonally uneven. You can make out that the author is not entirely satisfied with how the story is shaping up.
If you want to ruin all your memories of the memorable characters from the original book go ahead and read it. You'll especially love the part where Atticus Finch reveals himself to be a racist. The style, limpid fluent and resonant in the original book, seems half-baked at times which is only to be expected when you realize that its publication was never really her decision. If you are a fan of Mockingbird I'd seriously advise you to give it a miss. Harper Lee was a proud, unbending person who never succumbed to the lure of money by publishing books she didn't think were ready. That is as unique as it gets. We shouldn't allow unprincipled corporate morons to tarnish that legacy.