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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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Panpan

What a disappointment. I was in two minds about reading this after reading that Harper Lee never wanted it published and I can understand why. Maybe I missed something but literally nothing happens throughout the book.

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Cazxxx
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Starting this one today, reviews seem so mixed but I‘m keeping an open mind

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xxlozzelxx
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"If you did not want much, there was plenty."

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DebinHawaii
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#QuotsyJul21

Catching up from yesterday‘s #austere prompt. I‘ve have still not read this one yet.

“On any other day she would have stood barefoot on the wet grass listening to the mockingbirds' early service; she would have pondered over the meaninglessness of silent, austere beauty renewing itself with every sunrise and going ungazed at by half the world.”

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Here‘s a picture from my new booktube video. It‘s a doozy. If you‘ve got time, come on over to my YouTube channel (TH3 F4LC0N) to watch my latest video “Unpopular Literary Opinion: Why Go Set a Watchman is Better than To Kill a Mockingbird”. In which I explain why the beloved American classic was actually surpassed by the rough draft which was published half a century later. Bring your hate; I know this book is sacred. I give no 💩.

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bibliobliss
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>>#minimalistbookstagram for
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I've read "To Kill a Mockingbird" but somehow this one is not a top priority pick for me just now. Another one languishing atop #MountTBR ?

Do you have a favorite quote from either TKAM or GSAW? If so, please share!

#alwaysreading #minimalistbookstagram #instabook #tbrpile #paperbacks #fiction #novels #booksandmugs #coffeeandbooks

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Judybskt
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🌷 Yes!
🌷 Nobody comes close
🌷 Tagged - not sure why

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs “Nobody comes close” 😂😂 Thanks for joining in 👏🏻🌸📚🌼💗 10mo
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MilicaS
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6/53

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Pickpick

I enjoyed this one contrary to vast opinions. I appreciated seeing Scout's personal growth. I was sadden to see the loss of her naiveness, the world no longer being black and white, a crumbling of personal icons. It's an unfortunate necessity.

March Book 3/25 #bookspin #LitsyLove @TheAromaOfBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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I'm enjoying this sequel to Harper Lee's first novel To Kill A Mockingbird.
It tells of the Finch family around 17 years after where the first book left off. Atticus is aging but still working as a lawyer & Jean Louise is 26 & living & working in New York, coming back to her hometown of Maycomb for a visit. Equality issues are still high as time has passed. The white folk of Maycomb still have racist attitudes which Jean Louise finds confronting.

nanuska_153 This book broke my heart 💔 12mo
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Elizabeth2
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Mehso-so

I really don‘t quite know how to review this book. The first half dragged and I found Jean Louis (Scout) not very likable. Then, when the meat of the story finally begins the pace picked up a bit. There are lessons here, especially at the end of the book. It turns out, that it‘s sort of a timely read. I wish I hadn‘t spent any money on it, knowing now that Lee didn‘t want it published. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (2.5)/5

This was my #bookspin for December!

samanthagutt I haven‘t really heard anything good about this book which makes me so sad because I loved TKAM! 🙁 13mo
Elizabeth2 @samanthagutt I saw someone else say that you really have to separate the two, and keep in mind that this is not a sequel. It is the first version of TKAM, that Lee wanted scrubbed. For those who really love TKAM, maybe it‘s best to let this one lie. (I did love TKAM, but it has been 30 years since I‘ve read it.) 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 13mo
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Elizabeth2
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#sundaymorningvibes

Finishing this one today so I can wipe it from my TBR. I stuck with it because I don‘t give up easily on books, but that first half was a struggle. Finally into the meat if it and the story has picked up somewhat.

DarkMina Cute mug! 13mo
Elizabeth2 @DarkMina thanks! I think this one may have been a Target special. 😉🎄 13mo
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Elizabeth2
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Beginning this one next. It‘s been on my TBR for a long time, but I‘ve been putting it off because of the mixed reviews. It‘s my #bookspin book this month, so I‘m diving in!

marleed I read it a couple months ago with the same reservations. I was glad I read it. Also glad I knew it was not a sequel so much as it was a first draft. That made this so much more interesting to me. I‘m glad Harper Lee opted to give us Scout‘s young heroic version of her father rather than that of the older tainted Scout. 14mo
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Had this been written as a sequel to TKAMB, I would be forever saddened that Atticus was not all his 6-yr old daughter knew him to be. However, as an unedited, rejected manuscript written by a Southern woman in the 50s for what would later become TKAMB, it is fascinating. I‘m glad her finished work was Scout‘s story at 6 rather than at 26. This is a testamentr as to why each of us must be an Anti Racist.

PurpleTulipGirl I thought it was an interesting accompaniment to TKAMB. We all need a reminder now and then that our heroes are human. They are not perfect. 1y
marleed @PurpleTulipGirl I‘ve prioritized books #BLM this year and without intention this was such an interesting book to include. Atticus was a fictional southern man in his 70s in this book. It‘s a great example of white privilege and supremacy. Also, a good example for - racism is bad. I‘m good and therefore can‘t be racist. ...The white fear of NAACP in the 50s is something I should learn more about. 1y
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Jari-chan
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Mehso-so

This was the original version of the Mockingbird and in my opinion Harper Lee did good to revise the book. It sure is an interesting read to see where she started out and how hard she worked on her books. She also set the focus anew, which I think is the main reason Mockingbird got that famous and important.

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JennF13
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I appreciate the writing but I preferred the point of view from To Kill A Mockingbird - I sometimes regret seeing the world from a grown-up Scout‘s perspective.

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rsteve388
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This was a reread as an audiobook, and I loved it as an audiobook and the story it's self. For me this story is the complex emotions one person goes through when they realize that the people they love and look up to, have racist ideas and ideals. It a story of what happens when you realize you were raised with these ideas and attitudes. It's what happens when you remove the white supremacist lens and take a good look at your community.

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SolitaryBookLover
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If only we all thought this way. The world would be a better place.

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Panpan

I didn‘t like it. It wasn‘t that Atticus is a racist or that Scout is naive, although those things certainly taint the characters that we met in TKMB. The writing was so far apart from the writing in TKMB. It felt off. I don‘t like this book. That may be an unpopular opinion. It should have stayed locked away and I wish Ms. Lee could have been sound minded enough to keep it that way.

Lifeisasnap I agree with you. I hated it too. I was going to read it, however, i felt like i needed to be true to author so i did. It changes every single thing i knew and respected about Atticus. I wish i hadn‘t read it. 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper Completely I agree 🙌🏻 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Still very torn over reading this. But I did buy it so ...
#nextup

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Echo
Pickpick

Oof. This was a hard read. As an Alabamian, I am both embarrassed and saddened. It‘s made worse by Lee not shying away from the exact thing that was going on in small southern backwoods at the time. Humanity has come so far, but still has so far to go.

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The turning point. The point where Atticus falls from grace. The point where Scout realizes something ugly about the one person she‘s always thought could do no wrong. I think this will ultimately be as important a read as To Kill A Mockingbird, because people are not always what they seem, because even a seemingly good person can harbor ugliness.

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I have mixed emotions about even reading this book. I know there was a great controversy over it even being printed. TKAMB was brilliant, but I haven‘t read it since high school. As a fellow Alabamian and avid reader, I am excited. Knowing that she didn‘t want it to see the light of day makes me curious and sad.

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Mehso-so

It wasn‘t a 5 star read but it wasn‘t terrible. Honestly, it felt like one long flashback to when Jean Louise aka Scout was growing up and I often laughed out loud at the memories. But then the last quarter of the book happened and I think it left me more confused than anything. In all honesty, it felt unnecessary. She could have had a much more enjoyable book without Scout realizing she didn‘t have to agree with her father. I don‘t know.

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Tutor.Schultz
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Pickpick

I.love.this.book. 💕

If you liked To Kill A Mockingbird, you'll enjoy this sequel!

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hungrybird
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This is the last quote from Go Set a Watchman that I'll be posting. I hope I will continue to post quotes from other works.

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This quote starts like this: "the time your friends need you is when they're"

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hungrybird
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Yet another insightful quote by Jack Finch.

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hungrybird
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Yet another quote by Jack Finch. It's quite interesting to see how he plays a much larger role in this novel than he used to in the first one.

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be the same at sixty as you are now - then you'll be a case and not my niece."

This is also by Jack Finch.

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from us, Jean Louise. They must never descend to human level."

Another quote from Jack Finch.

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hungrybird
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Who would have known that Uncle Jack would be the one to help out Scout? In any case, this novel wasn't too bad as a whole.

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This is another part that I highlighted while reading Go Set a Watchman right after finishing To Kill a Mockingbird.

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hungrybird
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I really enjoyed reading this part, so I thought I'd share this with everyone as well.

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slaughtered tens of millions of people doing 'em..."

This is from when Scout finally ends up confronting Atticus, and I particularly liked this section of the book.

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hungrybird
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This line is from Scout remembering an incident in her school year (middle school, I think?), and while I'm not entirely sure at the moment why I highlighted this, I thought I'd still share this quote.

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hungrybird
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Seems like a very insightful opinion by Jack Finch. Maybe I find it insightful because I love history?

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They are all trying to tell me in some weird, echoing way that it's all on account of the Negroes... but it's no more the Negroes than I can fly and God knows, I might fly out the window any time, now. - Jean Louise Finch

(Maybe even this can count as a spoiler? Not sure.)

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hungrybird

“Don't you study about other folks's business till you take care of your own.“ - Calpurnia to Scout

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Because of some complications I technically received 2 #LitsyLove #Winterswap packages the first picture is from Christine and Misty! Thank you ladies so much! By the way the wrapping paper was just great! @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

TheBookHippie 💟💟💟💟💟 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉🎊📚❤️💗 2y
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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. 2y
bookishbitch I refuse to read this one. I don't think the author ever wanted it published. 2y
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. 2y
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KristenDuck @tjwill and @Scochrane26 I‘m glad I‘m not alone in my opinion! 2y
shadowspeak17 I think the flashbacks were the only part of this book that I enjoyed. 😂🙃 2y
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. 2y
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