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Old 03-02-2015, 16:20   #1
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Go Set A Watchman. A Sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird

I was horrified when i heard this earlier but its by Harper Lee. Her lost book. Set 20 years after TKAM and about Scout as a grown woman.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/...ticle22757817/

Im gobsmacked by this. Its a book thats been in my life forever.
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Old 03-02-2015, 17:00   #2
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Wow, that's pretty mindblowing! I imagine her publisher can't believe their luck. At the same time it seems like a huge risk, to mess with the reputation of a classic like that. (But apparently Harper Lee has always been ambivalent about that status anyway.)

Given that it was written before TKAM (and was refused at the time), I wonder whether it's as fully formed. But on the other hand, it's from that same period, by Lee the young working writer, not the ancient "only wrote that one book" recluse.

Will be very interesting to hear what critics have to say; I'm not sure I'll dare read it if it's not well received.
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Old 03-02-2015, 17:00   #3
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Apparently this is the year the unpublished sequel to Catcher In The Rye might also see print (as part of a handful of Salinger works set for posthumous release).

I wouldn't hold out much hope for either though. There might well be an obvious reason neither of them published owt in the last 50 - 60 years. Salinger supposedly needed validation of his work from The New Yorker each time, who rejected everything he sent them after a certain point (and they should have done much sooner).
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Old 03-02-2015, 17:08   #4
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Old 03-02-2015, 19:29   #5
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Presumably suck the charm and beauty of the book by analysing every word. Be interesting to read it
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Never read To Kill a Mockingbird but know it's a great story from the film. Which watch with interest if this is a lost classic or an inferior piece.

It's funny I thought Daniel Keyes (Flowers for Algernon) was another one novel only author until I found out he had written and published another, don't know if it's any good.
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Old 08-02-2015, 19:57   #7
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There was a great quote in the Guardian

"However, Dr Ian Patterson from Cambridge University was underwhelmed by the news. “I can’t but imagine it must be of historical interest rather than anything else, at this point,” he said."

Bet he's a bundle of laughs - seems this book was written first - it's a lot to live up to, but will end up buying it.

Kids are doing To Kill a Mockingbird for "o-level" so it's been re-read in our house.
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Old 14-07-2015, 08:00   #8
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Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee

We have a book forum and this is apparently the book event of the century, it seems someone was poking through an old ladies things and pulled out a manuscript that was rejected in the 60's.

I've ordered a copy, wife seemed keen to read it.

Anyone excited to read it? Not hearing much about it really, presumably there are no reviews in advance, presumably it's considered bad form to kick the work of a 90 year old woman who cannot remember writing the book.
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There's already a thread:
http://forums.thedigitalfix.com/foru...d.php?t=631047
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There's some big hoo-ha in the news I read this morning, apparantly
major plot point
and understandably it's upset a lot of people.
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I've made up my mind to not read this....lets see how long my resolve lasts!
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Presumably the main issue is it isn't a sequel to Mockingbird. Mockingbird is a prequel to this after someone told her to chuck this in the bin and start again.

Sorry didn't realise there was already a thread, even though I posted in it.
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Picked up my copy at lunchtime. Some prize **** in the queue in front of my spilled a big spoiler. I wanted to mince his kidneys.
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I can't decide if I want to read this or not. Some things should not be messed with.

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He'd have been exceptional in Alabama, whilst he defends a black man. I don't recall him demanding school integration or letting them share the water fountain.


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Apparently there is a printing error in some books, Amazon dispatching free new copies to all affected or everyone, I'm not sure. Mine seems ok
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I hope you said something?
Something along the lines of "Ah for **** sake". He turned and gave me a smug look that only a beardy tit in skinny jeans can.
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Apparently there is a printing error in some books, Amazon dispatching free new copies to all affected or everyone, I'm not sure. Mine seems ok
Amazon can print books themselves. It sounds something went wrong during the process.
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