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  • Interesting take on beloved characters

    I began reading this book with much enthusiasm. Scout and Atticus Finch are beloved characters to many people, and I loved these characters when I first read "To Kill A Mockingbird" as a teenager and of course when I later saw the wonderful film. "Go Set a Watchman", however, is quite perplexing. One wonders how Harper Lee wrote this book before "Mockingbird", because the characters of Scout and Atticus are, I think, only meaningful if you've already met them in "Mockingbird". I do not see how "Watchman" could have possibly succeeded before "Mockingbird" was published (perhaps that's what the author's publisher was thinking too when Lee initially sought to have it published . . .). Jean Louise's horror at is discovering things about her father which disturb her makes for an interesting story, and the theme of the book is interesting too; it takes the reader back to the early civil rights period in the South and to the thinking of Southerners about these issues. While many reviewers of "Watchman" have not rated the book highly, I enjoyed the read and found it interesting to see Scout as an adult. Is the book worth all the hype? Likely not, and I wonder if it would ever have been published now if it were not for the fact that "To Kill a Mockingbird" is such a beloved novel.

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  • Fantastic Read

    If you are reading this book thinking it's just the same as To Kill A Mockingbird you will be very disapointed. It is nothing like it. It is a fantastic book on its own. If you give it a chance and an open mind you will learn something from it and walk away satisfied.

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  • Intense

    Not as well written as "To Kill a Mockingbird" but then it was Lee's first attempt at writing a book. It is different than TKAM; a choppier read. Here, she discovers her father's feet are made oif very crumbly clay. Perhaps it is just as well this book came out now, rather than when it was originally written. Lee covers overt racism and sex out of wedlock. Good social commentary written by a white woman during an incredibly tense time in America's Deep South.

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  • Go Set a Watchman - Timely Subject Matter"SPOILER"

    Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee, and was written prior to her critically acclaimed novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Both novels are about racial discrimination and living in the southern USA where there is a large population of African Americans in residence. Most have Ben employed for years by white families, together have created the relationships that are shown in this story. Go Set a Watchman is very timely, even though it was set in the 1960's, we are facing some of the same issues today as we did then. The book sets out the love and familiarity-affinity that many white families have with the African-Americans that were employed by them, how they were connected as a loving and close family, that everyone grew up with and came to believe that was the way it was in the south, everyone accepted their role, it seemed. That relationship changed when the Blacks were bombarded with the changes in legislation Federally and in their state; NAACP representatives advising them of their "rights" which most AfricanAmericans did not understand as they by and large were not educated to that high level, nor could look after themselves without employment with the white families they had always worked for.....the confusion ensues and the Blacks are unable to understand what is required of them in these new situations and often react with hatred and violence just as they do today when given a set of circumstances that need discussion and action, instead we get reaction and violence....

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  • Go Set A Watchman

    It's not as good asTo Kill a Mockingbird but how could it be? There were too many comparisons in the press. Read it with an open mind and I think you'll enjoy it

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