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Never give a Finch

Never give a Finch

Elle Knowles:

I haven’t made up my mind yet on “Go Set A Watchman”, but Kevin has. Maybe his view will help you to make up your mind. I’m torn between wanting to read more from the written hand of Harper Lee or staying true to Atticus Finch.

Originally posted on WHAT THE HELL:

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I won’t be reading Harper Lee’s, Go Set A Watchman.

Why? Because “Atticus Finch” is gone. Atticus Finch, sans quotation marks, survives in the new novel as a KKK-sampling elderly racist, but the idea that was “Atticus Finch” has been taken away from us. By the publishing business. I won’t have it.

It’s been many years since I’ve read To Kill A Mockingbird, but the last time I did I was blown away by the effects Lee was able to produce, mainly through one of the most deft uses of first-person narration I know of. Scout, evidently all grown up, is recounting a key period in her childhood. And even though we understand that an adult is really telling the story, we take it to be coming from the child’s consciousness. Translated to the brilliant 1962 film, that book seems as real as reality, even in metaphorically appropriate…

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