This is your chance to purchase a collectible, special edition copy of Harper Lee's newly published book Go Set a Watchman. This first edition, first printing hardcover, is hand embossed and comes with a certificate of authenticity stating it has come directly from Ms. Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama (used as the basis for Maycomb in her classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird.) Don't be fooled by imitators, this is the one from Ol' Curiosities & Book Shoppe, the small town shoppe that drew media attention from across the country. (You can check us out on NPR, The Guardian, and NBC News, to name a few!)
Go Set a Watchman is written from the perspective of To Kill a Mockingbird's Scout Finch later in life. It's the story of Scout returning home to deal with a variety of issues, and to come to terms with the social and political leanings of the characters we all know and love from Mockingbird. A wonderful new novel from one of America's best-selling authors, Watchman explores the tensions between a local culture and a changing national political agenda as those involved relate within the dynamics of family arguments and love. Touted by many as a certain instant classic, the release of Go Set a Watchman may well be the literary event of the decade.
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ISBN 0062409859 EAN 9780062409850 Publisher HarperCollins Publish Date Jul 14, 2015 Copyright Date Jan 1, 2015 Binding Hardcover
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- A real period piece of the Civil Rights Era
- This book really gives a glimpse of what was happening in small Southern towns when the Civil Rights Era was happening. Folks that had never been on opposite sides of the fence suddenly Saw The Fence. The book also highlights the difference in Northern perspectives v. Southern perspectives in the person of Scout. I loved seeing how the characters grew and changed in time, just as we all do, reacting to what is happening around us. Maybe I'm not too bright, but some of the way Scout talked with her uncle went right over my head. A lot of allusions and not a lot of direct telling it like it is. I think, in the end, Scout finds out that just as the folks she's come home to are not the same, neither is she. Overall, I found it hard to put down. It's a keeper!
- Go Set a Watchman stands on its own two feet
Go Set a Watchman has big shoes to fill. Harper Lee’s first published novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is widely read and beloved. It is an endearing story about childhood that was made into a popular film. It follows a young girl who, with the guidance of her father, grows up and learns important lessons through her experiences and misadventures.
Watchman, which was actually written before Mockingbird, is more nuanced—a raw story about a young woman dealing with the fall of her hero. It is inevitable that readers will compare the two, but they are vastly different novels and Go Set a Watchman stands on its own two feet.
Watchman begins with Jean Louise Finch making her way home for her annual visit. She is a twentysomething New Yorker in the 1950s who is learning about the world and discovering who she is. We are given glimpses of her childhood and small town life as she makes her way around Maycomb and deals with her past and present. The novel is largely episodic, with the structure sharpening near the end for its climactic scene.
The manuscript of Watchman was recently found and, with Lee’s permission, published. It received only small, cosmetic edits—largely staying in its original, first-draft form. Watchman is a compelling read for many reasons. Writers will enjoy reading a first draft from a great novelist—comparing it with her most famous work and understanding how her writing style evolved while her voice stayed the same. Other readers will enjoy revisiting Maycomb and seeing how Scout has grown into Jean Louise. Society at large will benefit from Watchman’s treatment of racism—which is more nuanced and complex than Mockingbird’s treatment of the same issue.
For whatever reason you pick up Watchman, expect to feel a large range of emotions while reading it—surprise, delight, sadness, confusion, betrayal, nostalgia, anger and intrigue. For me, it was definitely worth the read and I’m glad to have something I never believed would exist—another gem of a novel from Harper Lee.
- Harper Lee just opened our eyes to a brand new side of a well known hero.
It’s not To Kill a Mockingbird, and I’m alright with that. Go Set a Watchman is a worthy book and able to hold its own in the literary world.
For those who’ve heard all about the “new” Atticus—that closed minded segregationist the New York Times warned you about-- and have decided that perhaps you don’t want to read this book after all because the perfect father and attorney (that fictional character you have long idolized) will be somehow ruined, take heart, and buy the book anyway.
Reading Go Set a Watchman didn’t ruin Atticus Finch for me. He’s still there: a good man, and wonderful father, undoubtedly brilliant in To Kill a Mockingbird, and just a bit more human and real in Go Set a Watchman.
Remember, Mockingbird is told from the perspective of a six-year-old child who idolizes her daddy—Watchman is written from the perspective of a twenty-something who is disillusioned with the world around her.
… and yet, both books are brilliantly Harper Lee in every way. The tone, the substance, the cadence of the words as they are written are familiar and time-tested, proving that Harper Lee is just as good a writer as we always thought, maybe better—after all, she just opened our eyes to a brand new side of a well-known hero.