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ISBN: 0062409867

ISBN13: 9780062409867

Go Set a Watchman

(Book #2 in the To Kill a Mockingbird Series)

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Go Set a Watchman is Harper Lee's earliest known novel. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014, and is now published for the first time. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman is set during an era of rapid change and significant progress in Civil Rights legislation, and it engages with questions of racial equality and justice that are still at the forefront of our national conversation.

Customer Reviews

8 ratings

There's a reason this wasn't published before

Tedious and sophomoric all the way through. Just stick with "To Kill a Mockingbird." This will only diminish "Mockingbird" if you can get through it...and that's a chore. Awful.

There's a reason why Harper Lee never wanted to publish this.

I’ve had this book on my shelf for years, and after finally getting around to it, I’m sad to say it was a grave disappointment. SPOILERS AHEAD: Jean Louise Finch (aka “Scout”), a southern gal who advocates for civil rights for Negros, is labelled a bigot by the other characters mainly because she is utterly shocked that her father, Atticus, is a racist who doesn’t want Negros to progress “too fast” at having the same rights they do. Everyone in Macomb—the racist bigots—is portrayed as having the correct point of view whereas Jean Louise, the civil rights advocate, is (falsely) the one who’s bigoted. Even worse, she’s gaslighted into accepting the antiquated ways of her father and Macomb bigotry. Jean Louise herself is a selfish, obnoxious, and charmless character, but she didn’t deserve this treatment. This novel turns the heroism of “To Kill A Mockingbird” into a feckless piece of writing. The world would largely benefit from this book not being canon to the universe of “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

Love It

Love it!

Draft was never meant to be published, but still a good Harper Lee story.

TKAM is one of my favorite novels of all time. Considering the situation regarding the publishing of this book, I was hesitant to go about reading it, but I decided to give it a go. I finished it in two days. You can tell that this was written before Mockingbird, but Lee still is able to get a compelling story across to the reader and tell a story of a young woman going back to her home in the South and see how the world she thought she grew up in was not the world she came back to. Would recommend.

Book was damaged!

It would help if the book would have been mailed in a box instead of a plastic bag. The book edges are dented and the dust jacket is torn. Not what I expected when I selected “like new.”

Don't use this as a judge of Lee's writing.

Harper Lee did not want this book published. Despite her wish, the massive success of TKAM prompted her publishers to put it out anyways. I will not read this book because it was not intended to be read.

Another disappointment

Harper Lee once again disappoints with this one. However, I was able to finish this one vs her first one. The story line was drawn out longer than it needed to be and there were too many unnecessary details in the story.

Couldn't Get To The End...

I was excited to read this since "To Kill A Mockingbird" is such a classic. I couldn't even get to the end of the book. It was very hard to follow, and quite frankly just boring to me. Unfortunately, I have no desire to go back and finish to try reading it again.

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