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Go Set a Watchman
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel | Harper Lee
From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prizewinning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch"Scout"returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the pasta journey that can only be guided by one's own conscience.Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precisiona profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.
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VioletMoonBooks
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KristenDuck
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Mehso-so

Maybe I should have waited a bit longer before diving right into this one after finishing To Kill a Mockingbird.

The love I had for TKAM just isn‘t quite there with this one. I love the character of Scout still but was heartbroken to learn more of my adored Atticus. Don‘t want to send out any spoilers, but sometimes it is best not to know everything about a person.

I really liked hearing the flashbacks from her childhood, but overall just meh.

tjwill Agreed. 3d
bookishbitch I refuse to read this one. I don't think the author ever wanted it published. 3d
Scochrane26 I liked this one, but it had been a long time since I read TKAM. I‘m not sure anything would have lived up to TKAM. 3d
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KristenDuck @tjwill and @Scochrane26 I‘m glad I‘m not alone in my opinion! 3d
shadowspeak17 I think the flashbacks were the only part of this book that I enjoyed. 😂🙃 3d
Honeybeegirl I know I have the unpopular opinion, I didn‘t love TKAM, but I loved GSAW! At the time I read GSAW I was in a similar situation to Scout at that point in her life, so it resonated with me more. I was able to put myself in Scouts shoes, but in TKAM I didn‘t get that same connection to the characters. 3d
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This was a gripping read. It‘s one of those books that make you really think about the meaning behind it. At first I was a little confused in the beginning of it, but then as I read more and more of it the more it made me think. It made me think about judging others and what makes a decent human being. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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VioletMoonBooks
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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards
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Mehso-so

This book felt a little clunky and heavy-handed, presenting direct statements on the themes of race, culture, and adolescent discovery of the fallibility of one's parents that are deftly and indirectly presented in To Kill a Mockingbird. What I appreciate most is seeing how Lee created the narratorial voice of the adult Scout that is so complex in TKOM.

PopSugar Reading Challenge: a book posted posthumously

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Samplergal
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Bindrosbookshelf
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My bookclub chose To Kill a Mockingbird for the classic pick this month.

Instead of a straight reread, I decided to pick up Go Set a Watchman first. Straight after reading Watchman, I dived into Mockingbird and really enjoyed the experience. It was interesting to see what had been left From Watchman and what had been rewritten.

3 stars for Watchman, it does read as a first draft as it actually was intended.
5 stars for Mockingbird, of course.

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VioletMoonBooks
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LaraS
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Completely agree that it‘s not a great stand alone book, but it‘s so fascinating to catch glimpses of Mockingbird origins. I always LOVE source material + seeing how one of my fav stories progressed.

I also came across this article about Tay Hohoff, the publisher who worked with Harper Lee to transform Go Set a Watchman into Mockingbird:

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/13/books/the-invisible-hand-behind-harper-lees-t...

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LaraS
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Reese Witherspoon reading a book about my old friends Atticus and Scout set in the middle of a hot Southern summer makes this a perfect book for #audiogardening.

If only my first attempt at growing potatoes was as successful as this wonderful book. 😂

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JVallieres14
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Giving this mislabled “sequel” a shot. Looking forward to Lee‘s original thoughts in her original manuscript.

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megnews
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Mehso-so

I wasn‘t planning to ever read this but I got it for $1 at Dollar Tree. Definitely not To Kill a Mockingbird and at times hard to swallow. But you can see how Lee got to her final product. Every little girl wants to see her Daddy as a hero. Every teen has to question and become themselves.
While I‘d not like this story on its own, seeing it through the lens of Mockingbird makes it more bearable. Still, only ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book 231/265 8/24/19

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Leftcoastzen Wonderful quote! 3mo
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ONH
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“Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” 🕊

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This was so hard to read. I started crying hard at the end after the argument when Uncle Jack came to the house. I didn't think I could finish it, but I did. I recommend it, but know the things you've heard about Atticus are true.

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Esther5
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This perfectly sums up how I feel about Atticus in Go Set a Watchman

RaimeyGallant Great quote! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 6mo
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Buechersuechtling
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I liked this book so much. My mind keeps coming back to it.

In contrary to the “Mockingbird” the childhood memories felt totally appropriate here-in. While following the plot I understood their purpose. They have something to do with Jean Louise‘s inner struggle. 👌🏼 In the „Mockingbird“ the parenthesis that was constructed with Scout‘s childhood was only revealed in the end. And then it didn‘t convince me.

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I had no big expectations towards this because I couldn‘t understand the entrancement about the “Mockingbird”. Especially after I once again realized that it is considered as a a “raw” or “early” version of it.

But I liked it a lot better. For me it‘s not so overloaded with expectations of a special topic. It‘s a coming-of-age in the best meaning – but if you ask me _only_ when you know/have read the “Mockingbird” before.
Strong recommendation.

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Maybe I jump to the conclusion that I could like this one better (than the mature work that after being rejected several times in this form turned out to be the “Mockingbird”) but I‘m really impressed by the notion that drinking in company in Maycomb means to be no member of the refined society (approximately hour 1:17) and of course everybody thinks to be a “good” member of that refined society in an exemplary manner. So only alcoholics drink.

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Buechersuechtling
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You might call me crazy but I only listened to “To kill a Mockingbird” because I afterwards wanted to know what all that talk about the “demolition” of Atticus is about. And for that knowing the starry-eyed idealist first was precondition.

Until now I can only say that Scout grew up a great deal. It still has to be proven how far or how much this improves the plot.

But: The plotline around Jem is cheap …
(Even if this one was written earlier.)

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Clutterbucks_Queen
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I was told by so many people that this novel wasn't worth the read, but i found while reading this that as long as i thought of it as a novel on it's own, as a different story completely from To kill a mockingbird, that i did thoroughly enjoy it! This book was written before mockingbird and but it was published after.
This story shows Jean Louise as an adult going back to Maycomb and finding everyone is not what she thought, including Atticus..

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lkurgs
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Mehso-so

Audiobook performance: excellent. I think Reese Witherspoon should narrate all audiobooks. Storytelling: jumped around, scattered, reads more like a draft than a finished and polished story. Plot: sheds light on an important and relevant topic of racism in the South. However, I wish HL would have chosen new characters, different form those in TKAM. In my view, this book destroys TKAM and what that book represents. Read at your own risk.

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Jean Louise: “Aunty,” she said, cordially, “why don‘t you go pee in your hat?”

I have never heard of the expression but it made me chuckle.

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lkurgs
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I haven‘t seen many positive reviews of the book, but I still wanted to see what it was about (and why so many disliked it). I loved “To Kill a Mockingbird” and I‘m hoping this book isn‘t as bad. I usually don‘t listen to audiobooks but since this one is narrated by Reese Witherspoon, I had to get the audio version. Review coming shortly! #currentlylistening

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Found both of these at Goodwill today 🙌📚

C.Perone Omg! Evelyn Hugo ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @C.Perone I'm so glad you're sharing my enthusiasm!! ♥️♥️ i literally gasped out loud in Goodwill when i found it there lol... i just read Daisy Jones & the Six so I am now dyinggg to read Evelyn Hugo 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks LOVE EVELYN 💚💚💚💚 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime We are going to read Evelyn for an upcoming buddy read!! #BotmBuddyRead 💚 7mo
C.Perone @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Personally, I thought Evelyn Hugo was better than Daisy Jones ... I read it when it first came out and I still think about it. Enjoy!!!! 😊 7mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @C.Perone yesss, excellent news! 7mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks perfecttt time for me to read it then! you're making me even more excited for it 💚💚 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime I will get back with you in the month!! 7mo
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MrsBibliophile
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This was my Wyoming pick... I found it very powerful and moving. It was difficult to get absorbed in it because I could only read at rest stops and such. Though, I did enjoy it immensely and I would definitely recommend it to others. Nebraska here we come!

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heidisreads
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1. I seriously have no clue.
2. Just finished our 5th annual community reading program... and it was a grand success!
3. Tagged
4. Work #saturdaylibrarian and grocery shop
5. 😍😍😍
@howjessreads #friyayintro

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kristincatastrophic
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Bailedbailed

Ugh. I really wanted to love it, I believe a lot of people did, but I just couldn't get passed the first few pages. I was so lost. It felt like there were jokes I just wasn't getting.
So I read some reviews and did some more research. From all that I decided to bail. I was so afraid it would ruin To Kill A Mockingbird for me.

squirrelbrain I hated this one too. I finished it but it certainly didn‘t get any better, so you did the right thing by bailing... 8mo
jenniferajanes I‘ve read enough “reviews” like this that I‘ve decided to not even try. Like you, I want to remember and enjoy To Kill a Mockingbird for what it is. 8mo
RenePenn I bailed on this one too. 4mo
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JanePratt
Bailedbailed

So disappointed :(

tournevis Considering it was published against her will, so was she. 9mo
c.m.reger I hate that I wasted my money on this book... haven‘t read it and probably never will.. 9mo
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LeePeckover
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Mehso-so

It's rare a book gets the kind of coverage this received on release. And understandably so. How often do we get such shock moments of literary news as was brought about by this? The next time this happens might well be when Salinger's unpublished work is released in 2060.
It's a while since I actually read this book. It was fine. For me, this didn't destroy the legacy of Mockingbird, but nor did it ever approach the same level.

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megnews
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I went to 5 Dollar Trees and found another set of the activity journals I gave my daughter yesterday. 😂Also picked up Go Set a Watchman for $1. I have been reluctant to read it. One step closer.

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JanePratt
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So ready to read about Scout again 💜

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historybuff88
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I liked this one :) I haven't read to kill a mockingbird since h.s. was able to jump in without feeling left out too much

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kitteh_reads
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Panpan

I wanted to really enjoy this as I liked To Kill A Mockingbird. But, I couldn't 😕 there were times when I was waiting for something to happen, something to pull the story forward. Then when it did, I couldn't understand any and all the metaphors/examples/historical references that Uncle Jack used. I actually had to reference Spark Notes because we're reading this for book club. Now I finally understand what Uncle Jack was trying to say.

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fandom_hellspawn99
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Took a walk and listened to an audiobook, got one chapter finished! I have heard it is not as good as the previous book, but that will not deter me from reading it!

Kaye Audiowalker ! 10mo
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Why is it that everything I have ever loved on this earth has gone away from me in two days time? She loved us, I swear she loved us. She sat there in front of me and she didn't see me, she saw white folks. She raised me, and she doesn't care.

RaimeyGallant Nice quote. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
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“Don‘t push her. Let her go at her own speed. Push her and every mule in the county would be easier to live with.” I want to take a moment to introduce myself. I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. Harper Lee‘s writing happens to be some of my favorite. This quote fits my personality so well. I relate to Scout on many levels. One of them being a love of reading. I can‘t wait to share that passion with other readers!

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megzlynn @kelli7990 Welcome! I have enjoyed it here already so I am sure you will. Harper Lee has only published two books but I‘ve enjoyed both. She is from Alabama and so am I so it‘s also cool that one of my favorite authors is from my home state. ❤️ 11mo
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Shaaaannnn
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My mind is still being blown over the fact that she managed to squeeze TKAMB out of this. Like, wow. I‘m truly amazed. A wonderful book considering the circumstances of what it is. I love Harper Lee.

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How cute are my new page markers? ⛩

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Shaaaannnn
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New read. I have 11 books left to read to reach my goal for the year and that‘s really pushing it. But I‘m going to try!

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This is a very different book from TKAM, and yet I am now firmly convinced that it was in effect a first draft of that book. Some changes needed to be made in order to make a polished novel. But I feel like other changes were made because the public wasn‘t ready for this book. Mockingbird was more palatable. That said, I bawled at the (almost) end and was so focused on the story that I missed my exit off the highway.

KarmonR It felt very much like the first draft it is to me as well. I wondered what a well edited version would have been like and what the original version of Mockingbird was like. 13mo
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