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Go Set a Watchman

by LEE, Harper

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SIGNED Limited (to 500) Edition of Lee's prequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird," Watchman shows the dark side of Atticus Finch: "Shockingly, in Ms. Lee's long-awaited novel, Go Set a Watchman, Atticus is a racist who once attended a Klan meeting, who says things like The Negroes down here are still in their childhood as a people. Or asks his daughter: Do you want Negroes by the carload in our schools and churches and theaters? Do you want them in our world?" (NYT) Housed in a custom clamshell box. Positively New ORIGINAL condition with Harper Collins original shipping carton and publisher's Certificate of Authenticity. You'll never find a finer copy! Book #C2201. $2300. We specialize in Rare Ayn Rand, history, and science.

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On Oct 6 2015, The Wright Book said:
Having once lived in the south, I was impressed with this book, the long-awaited sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird", which shows the lives of a southern, upper, middle class family in a true light with all their quirks and failings. Also shows very nicely how Scout's view of the world and of her father, Atticus. She discovers he is human, can make mistakes and how adults sometimes need to work within a bad system to improve it. I like it very much; perhaps not quite as much as "Mockingbird", but I thought it was a perfect follow-up to one of the best books ever!
On Aug 11 2015, CloggieDownunder said:
Go Set a Watchman is the second published novel by American author, Harper Lee. It was written before To Kill A Mockingbird, but not published until 55 years after that book. Now twenty-six years old and living in New York, Jean Louise Finch travels to Maycomb for her regular two-week visit with her ageing father. Atticus is seventy-two and often debilitated by rheumatoid arthritis, but he does have young Henry Clifton to work his law practice, and his sister Alexandra lives in the Finch house to help with daily activities. Henry is pressing Jean Louise to marry him, and although Aunt Alexandra considers him unsuitable, Jean Louise finds herself actually thinking seriously about it:

“She was almost in love with him. No, that’s impossible, she thought: either you are or you aren’t. Love’s the only thing in this world that is unequivocal. There are different kinds of love, certainly, but it’s a you-do or you-don’t proposition with them all”

But just a few days into her stay, she discovers, quite by chance, something that rocks her to the core, something that has her actually doubting the foundation of her values. Until then, “She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father. She never questioned it, never thought about it, never even realized that before she made any decision of importance the reflex, ‘What would Atticus do?’ passed through her unconscious; she never realized what made her dig in her feet and stand firm whenever she did was her father; that whatever was decent and of good report in her character was put there by her father; she did not know that she worshipped him”

There has been quite some criticism of this book, and some of that is valid. Jean Louise’s rant in Part VI could certainly do with editing, and while it does not sparkle quite like To Kill A Mockingbird, and perhaps the characters are not quite as well-formed or appealing as that book, nonetheless, Go Set A Watchman has humour and wisdom. It forms a welcome complement to To Kill A Mockingbird, and Jean Louise’s reminiscences of her childhood are quite delightful. At least one passage is lifted wholly from this book and inserted into TKAM, perhaps hardly surprising.

Lee’s character descriptions are every bit as good as in TKAM: “She was a person who, when confronted with an easy way out, always took the hard way” and “She was completely unaware that with one twist of the tongue she could plunge Jean Louise into a moral turmoil by making her niece doubt her own motives and best intentions, by tweaking the protestant, philistine strings of Jean Louise’s conscience until they vibrated like a spectral zither” are examples.

A knowledge of Civil Rights legislation in the mid-fifties comes in handy, but Uncle Jack’s words of wisdom are as succinct and universally applicable as they ever were, as demonstrated by: “Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends” and “…the time your friends need you is when they’re wrong, jean Louise. They don’t need you when they’re right”.

It’s not To Kill A Mockingbird, but it’s still a good read!

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Bookseller's Inventory #
C2201
Title
Go Set a Watchman
Author
LEE, Harper
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Hardcover
Book condition
New New
Jacket condition
New
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Edition
First
Publisher
Harper Collins
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
2015
Keywords
To Kill a Mockingbird
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