Go Set A Watchman

Go Set A Watchman

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014. Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch--Scout--struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her. Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee's enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.
Publisher: [New York] : HarperAudio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062409898
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital

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JordanPedersen Jul 09, 2016

I found this to be a more complex story than TKaM, and I would highly recommend it! It deals with many issues than are particularly relevant today (racism, equal access to education and privilege), and is done in a way that borders on parable. There is a lot of lessons to take away from the book, and Reese Witherspoon as a narrator does a fantastic job to make Scout's opinions and lessons resonate even after you are done reading.

Jul 01, 2016

Highly recommend reading this book.

Oct 24, 2015

A goodly number of readers may be put off by the surface political incorrectness (though of course the Scout character showed a passionate sense of equality and color blindness). I was very glad I finished Ms. Lee's book. There is still wisdom in the Atticus character. Ready to acknowledge anyone's right to speak, he got me thinking about what our government (that is, we the people) could have done so much better to help prepare people of color for the civil rights for which they should not have had to fight, but which should have been handed to them apologetically, with full education available to each to understand what responsibilities accompany the grant. He called it another "reconstruction" at which I balked initially (as did Scout), but the wisdom of which could, if established as Atticus wanted, have forestalled generations of pain, half-measures, resentment and struggle within the community of people of color and between pale skinned and darker skinned citizens of our unique country. It has been a long time since a book made me continue to ponder, long after I returned it to the library. Maybe it should be required reading. Maybe Ms. Lee's microcosm illustrates how much better we could have done and responsibilities that remain unshouldered in order for one group (more than one now) to become fully aware, fully contributing citizens.

OrangevillePL_Staff Sep 28, 2015

Very much enjoyed this title - although receiving negative reviews, this was a worthwhile read as the adult "Scout" Jean Louise tells her story. It is not so much that Atticus (her elderly father) is proven to be a bigot, I think it is how Jean Louise now looks at the world - she has lived in NYC and returns to Maycomb county for a holiday. In the deep south, life hasn't changed all that much and Jean Louise sees much of what she "wants" to see and yet expects changes as well.
It is her story to tell and the novel touches on racism, feminism and politics -intertwined in the old and new South.

Sep 22, 2015

Some reviews of this book are quite negative but a friend loved and recommended it. As I read, I decided the best approach was to set aside To Kill a Mockingbird and just consider Watchman as one author's view of life in the American South in the early 1960s. Some aspects are endearing while others relate everything there is to loathe about the racism and Jim Crow in that era. Viewed as a slice of American History, it made for thought provoking and entertaining reading.

Aug 17, 2015

If I'd read this before To Kill a Mockingbird, I would've skipped the second book. That would have been a real shame. Not too crazy about this book at all.

Aug 04, 2015

The editor who worked with HL on this is a true genius. She turned the very unlikable characters of TSaW into TKaM, one of the most memorable books of American literature. In TSaW there were no sympathetic characters. I kept thinking "When will this be finished?" In reading TKaM I wanted to spend more time with them and did not want it to end. I found lovable Scout/Jean Louise to be particularly annoying and angrily unpleasant in TSaW.


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