When the first chapter of Go Set A Watchman was released this morning at The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal, in advance of the book’s July 14 publication date, initial reactions from readers, writers and fans predictably had Twitter aflutter.
The excerpt left some hungry for the rest of the book, some disappointed and others a bit confounded and taken aback by the book’s dated language and racial views. (Lee wrote the manuscript in the 1950s, which may account for these jarring moments.) News of a certain character’s death had people talking, while others were miffed by Lee’s use of the third-person, missing the first-person voice of To Kill A Mockingbird‘s Scout, who now goes by Jean Louise.
Here are some of our favorite reactions to the text thus far: