Harper Lee fans queued for hours last night to get their hands on the first copies of To Kill a Mockingbird follow-up, Go Set a Watchman and already, readers have been sharing their thoughts on the much-hyped novel.
Reactions so far have been mixed, with the general consensus being that while Watchman is an enjoyable read, it's is no Mockingbird, which is unsurprising really given that it is widely believed to have been a first draft for the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 classic.
Others were unsure what to make of the book at the halfway point while some failed to see why everyone was getting quite so excited about its midnight release. The whole 'Atticus Finch is a racist' thing was stressing a lot of you out too.
Here's a round-up of some of the most telling tweets, from the lovers...
today I bought go set a watchman and I'm in love!!! I'm like 50 pages in and I know it's gonna get a lil nasty with atticus but we'll see— dumpster baby (@ashlynbillings) July 14, 2015
I finished "Go Set a Watchman." It's not as bad as they're making it out to be. Atticus-racism thing is fairly nuanced and resonates today.— danny caine (@MisterCaine) July 14, 2015
60% of the way through Go Set A Watchman. Decided I should probably eat. I'm enjoying it.— roz doyle (@BarryPierce) July 14, 2015
...to the haters...
Maybe I don't care about #GoSetAWatchman because I was force-fed it's "predecessor" at school and over analysed it to the point of apathy.— Monique (@UrbanisedGeek) July 14, 2015
This sequel to Watchmen sucks - it doesn't even have any of the same characters and none of them has superpowers. #GoSetAWatchman— Berenice Baker (@BereniceJBaker) July 14, 2015
Enjoying the contortions of people who want Go Set a Watchman to be brilliant, but see that - from the first chapter, at least - it isn't.— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) July 10, 2015
...to the biggest pool of not-so-sures...
Up early to read and now halfway through Go Set a Watchman. It's good and I am enjoying it, but it's no TKAM.— Mrs C (@MrsLCavalier) July 14, 2015
Goodbye non-racist Atticus Finch. We had some good times #GoSetAWatchman— Grace Natusch (@GraceNatusch) July 14, 2015
So in Go set a watchman, Atticus Finch is potrayed as a racist. Not sure if I can handle this type of bad feels.— Delaney Cole (@colede01) July 13, 2015
'Go Set A Watchman' is Star Wars confusing - submitted before 'To Kill A Mockingbird' - *head explodes*— MaryB (@MaryBHand) July 14, 2015
The Watchman manuscript was discovered by Lee's lawyer in a safe-deposit box last year. It is set 20 years after the events of Mockingbird but written five years or so before her famous novel.
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