To answer the obvious question first, this book us not as good as To Kill a Mockingbird. It was never going to be considering it was the unedited starting point that eventually produce that masterpiece.
But its more than just an academic curio as well.
Take TKAM out of the picture all together and this is an intetesting and very readable novel about shufting socila and political tides in the US southern states. Scout is still an interesting character and for all the grumbling Atticus while being different in some ways to TKAM is still the same in many ways, if a bit more human. We see a point where a childs hero , her father suddenly becomes fallable and its an interesting angle to the novel. Far from being horrified by the differences to its more famous stablemate, I found an interesting tale with of moral and conscience.
While there are some parts in need of polish and editing , I still see enough that is well written and worthy.
Definitely glad I read it.
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