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Harper Lee's second novel: Similarities with white racist South Africa?

The eagerly awaited and controversial second novel by reclusive Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman, the follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird has been released globally to book stores. The biggest bombshell for die-hard fans has been the protagonist, Atticus Finch, expresses racist views, a seeming fall from grace for one of America's most loved literary heroes.

In this sequel, Atticus Finch is depicted not as the man of racial justice as he is remembered but as an old embittered racist and bigot.

Books Editor, Ben Williams speaks to John about the controversial second novel by Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman.

I wouldn't call this book a classic but I'd say it does justice to Harper Lee's creative power.

Ben Williams, Sunday Times Books Editor

Listen to the review below:

Yesterday, Stephen Grootes spoke to author, Fiona Snickers who read the Go Set a Watchman and paints similarities between the left-wing white South Africans and Harper Lee's watchman. In her reaction to the book on Twitter, Snickers tweeted "Old white lefties who morph into racists as they get older – it’s like Harper Lee has been spending time in South Africa."

Says Snickers:

A scenario sketched in Go Set a Watchman rung bells for me – white people who were previously very idealistic left-wingers and believed in equality are becoming racist and moving towards the right-wing.

Fiona Snickers, SA Novelist

Listen to the full Fiona's conversation with Stephen Grootes below:

Jenny Crwys-Williams will also have a thorough review of this book on the Book Show with Exclusive Books this Thursday on the Redi Tlhabi Show.

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