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[SPOILER ALERT] Go Set a Watchman - is anyone else looking forward to reading it?

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MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Fri 03-Jul-15 22:13:12

I know the background to this is really controversial, but I love To Kill a Mockingbird and am really looking forward to Go Set a Watchman.

My copy is ordered at the local bookshop and I shall be there when they open at 9.00 am smile

AlpacaMyBags Fri 03-Jul-15 22:15:10

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Wolfiefan Fri 03-Jul-15 22:19:08

Amazon have it as available July 14th.

GinUpGirl Fri 03-Jul-15 22:21:25

The background has put me off tbh - still undecided though so watching with interest!

DuchessofMalfi Fri 03-Jul-15 23:01:51

Feeling the same as Gin. Just not sure about it.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Sat 04-Jul-15 08:25:34

I'm really unsure about the background story, how much she was coerced. As well as buying the book, I'd like to do something 'in return'. Give a donation to a relevant charity or something, but not sure of the best thing to do. Suggestions welcome!

gailforce1 Sun 05-Jul-15 20:58:55

Interesting article on Harper Lee in today's Sunday Times magazine.

mrsallergy Fri 10-Jul-15 11:52:12

Has anyone read the first chapter published on th Guardian website?

whitershadeofpale Fri 10-Jul-15 12:55:28

Yes I have*mrsallergy*. It's here is anybody else wants to read.

I was very pleased that the narrative voice remains just as strong as TKAM but very sad about Jem and Atticus.

whitershadeofpale Fri 10-Jul-15 12:58:18

Loved this line:

"if you did not want much, there was plenty"

whitershadeofpale Fri 10-Jul-15 13:01:59


"She was a person who, when confronted with an easy way out, always took the hard way"

mrsallergy Fri 10-Jul-15 13:56:01

I think I'd better ask MNHQ to put !!spoilers!! In the title.

PeterParkerSays Fri 10-Jul-15 14:01:31

No!! Don't say something happens to Jem and Atticus!!!

I have my copy on pre-order from Amazon but am having it delivered to work and I'll have a day off to get ready for the holiday when it arrives so won't get to read it for nearly a fortnight.

I'm hoping to avoid too mainly spoilers because we're going abroad so should miss the big weekend paper splashes about it.

YetAnotherBeckyMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 10-Jul-15 14:12:40

Done smile

whitershadeofpale Fri 10-Jul-15 14:21:07

Sorry, I haven't given it all away and it's not as bad as you might think.

mrsallergy Fri 10-Jul-15 14:37:02

Right, spoiler alert in - yes - bloody heartbroken about Jem! Felt like I'd been kicked in the stomach. Am devastated about it. And written so casually!

whitershadeofpale Fri 10-Jul-15 14:42:18

I know! I re-read that line three times to make sure. It was so casual. I suppose we have to remember that this was written first so the intention was that non of us would know who Jem was.

Atticus was heartbreaking too but in a different way. To think that pain makes him unable to even drive sad

RustyBear Fri 10-Jul-15 19:47:19

Note to MNHQ: If you look for Go set a Watchman via Advanced Search, as I did, the title hasn't changed to show the spoiler warning in the results list. Luckily I had already read the first chapter.

DuchessofMalfi Fri 10-Jul-15 21:59:48

Have had a skim through the first chapter and found the bit about Jem. I suppose it was to be expected that one of them would inherit their mother's health problems.

I still don't think I want to read it though.

jellycake Fri 24-Jul-15 10:43:04

I've finished it this morning and I am less upset by it than I thought I would be. I tried to read it as a completely separate book but that was impossible as the characters were people that I knew! I found parts of it confusing but I could see where the characters were coming from and I wasn't dissatisfied by the ending. There were parts that made me cry particularly when she went to see Cal as I really couldn't square the character's behaviour with the Cal that I knew but then, neither could Jean Louise and I think that's what upset me the most.

In parts, it was incredibly well-written and I could almost feel Jean Louise's anger and despair at what she discovered and when she went to have it out with Hank and Atticus, I was cheering her on. I also thought that Jack's explanation about her relationship with her father at the end was believable and he was one of my favourite characters, as he was in the original.

To Kill A Mockingbird will always be one of my favourite books and this one hasn't changed that at all for me. The flashbacks to childhood were some of the best bits and I can see why the original editor asked her to go back and write a book set around those. I don't think that this book would ever have got her the acclaim that Mockingbird did and, obviously she had a very good editor who knew his job!

I'm glad that I have read it.

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