To ask if anyones read it yet? Is it worth reading? And is it true about Atticus?(possible spoilers)

(22 Posts)
BeckerLleytonnever Tue 28-Jul-15 16:48:48

You know what I'm talking about!

Toffeewhirl Wed 29-Jul-15 12:41:15

I can't bring myself to read it because Atticus is a hero to me and I don't want that ruined.

vvviola Wed 29-Jul-15 12:43:29

Same as what Toffee said.

And also - it appears it was the "original" TKAM - in that she wrote it, and then went on to re-work it for TKAM.

(I'm also a little uneasy about reports that she wasn't involved/consulted properly about the publication)

Ikeameatballs Wed 29-Jul-15 12:45:02

I've read it and didn't like it though not particularly because of the portrayal of Atticus.

AlpacaPicnic Wed 29-Jul-15 12:46:57

I liked it until about 3/4 of the way through... I loved adult Jean Louise but yes, although I don't want to admit it - Atticus has been damaged in my eyes.

Toffeewhirl Wed 29-Jul-15 12:49:23

Oh, Alpaca, that sad sad.

And that, presumably, is why Harper Lee didn't want it published.

iwanttogotothechaletschool Wed 29-Jul-15 12:54:43

I'm another one who won't be reading it, I think it would destroy TKAM for me.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 29-Jul-15 12:55:25

I won't be reading it. TKAMB is the best book ever, don't wantbto spoil it.

IHaveBrilloHair Wed 29-Jul-15 12:58:46

As far as I am concerned it does not exist

INickedAName Wed 29-Jul-15 12:59:34

I've bought it but not read it.

Dh loved the song "wake up boo" but had no idea it was linked to TKAM, he had never heard of the book when he met, and when the song came on the radio, I started waffling about the book, he had to read the book after that. smile

Dh is itching to read Go Set A Watchman, but is waiting until I read it first as he knows he won't be able to keep his mush shut and will spoil it.

Boo Radleys

cardibach Wed 29-Jul-15 13:03:37

I've read it. I am a little in mourning for Atticus, but actually it is a more subtle portrayal of a man of his time in many ways.
As I understand it, HL wrote this first, but then wrote Scout's back story as her publisher said that was interesting, so TKAMB is not really a reworking of GSAW. Suggestions she didn't want it published are inaccurate from what I've read.
It isn't as good a book as TKAMB in many ways, but it is still good and worth a read.

AlpacaPicnic Wed 29-Jul-15 13:04:21

I feel a bit sorry for any children named Atticus now, who were named for him! I'm not going to go into details as people won't have read the book.

But I'll say it again. Adult Jean Louise is amazing! Spunky and brave, a good role model.

Ikeameatballs Wed 29-Jul-15 13:25:04

I agree with cardibach re Atticus.

I don't think that Scout comes off as being as "colour-blind" as she believes herself to be although again this is largely in keeping with the times imo.

I missed Dill and Jem. I also didn't feel that there was a great driver to the storyline and found it odd that Jean-Louise came home to Maycomb every year but only noticed the aspects of life that concerned her on this visit.

I wondered about the "love who you will but marry your own kind" which was mentioned on a couple of occasions and the discussion about marriage between races; what did Scout/Harper Lee truly think about this?

BeckerLleytonnever Wed 29-Jul-15 16:23:37

Viva exactly.

Its one of my fave books EVER and you others have convinced me Im going to bury my head in the sand with this new one! sad.

Oh Atticas, you were so passionate defending Tom Robinson!!!!!! You KNEW what had happened! you were the one one willing to defewnd him!

How could that have changed?

Toffeewhirl Wed 29-Jul-15 16:24:44

No, no, it didn't change, Becker!

<sticks fingers in ears>

BeckerLleytonnever Wed 29-Jul-15 16:34:53

yep, yep yep, toffee. exactly.

Jengnr Wed 29-Jul-15 16:41:16

Don't read it. As well as the Atticus stuff there's no Jem, no Dill, no Calpurnia (or very little anyway) and some oddball called Hank who is like a really shit version of Dill.

It's just not that good.

drudgetrudy Wed 29-Jul-15 18:01:50

I thought it was quite good-although not as good as TKAMB. Atticus is shown as a complex character. It is more about Jean-Louise separating her identity from her father's identity. It is set in a time and place where certain views prevailed.

DaisyChain87 Wed 29-Jul-15 18:16:33

I love TKAMB. I don't feel that GSAW has ruined it. I actually feel more like a 'grown up'for reading it- Atticus is shown to be human, multi-layered, fallible. I definitely idolised him before (which is Scout's problem). I am a bit sad too though!

Lurkedforever1 Wed 29-Jul-15 18:23:28

I don't want to lose my feelings towards tkamb, so refuse to read it.

U2HasTheEdge Wed 29-Jul-15 18:29:10

I have nearly finished it. It is a good read.

I just read TKAMB but I don't feel GSAWM ruined it at all. I can kind of separate it in my head. I just think of GSAWM as the fake Atticus and TKAMB as the real Atticus, so they are kind of two separate characters, if that makes sense hmm

cardibach Wed 29-Jul-15 21:41:42

It doesn't make Atticus' defence of Tom any less admirable, Becker -and GSAW Atticus is clearly the Sam man, not some kind of fake, U2 . It's just complicated.

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