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    Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

    Who is excited for this book? Released July 14th.


    Jean Louise Finch better known to millions of To Kill a Mockingbird fans as Scout is all grown up and on a train from New York City, headed home to Maycomb, Ala., as Go Set a Watchman opens.



    Scout's all grown up in 'Mockingbird' sequel


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    I can hardly wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I first want to re-read 'Mockingbird', when Scout was young. I haven't read it since it first came out in the 60s. Both are/will be available as e-books at Amazon.
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    That is probably a really good idea Punkin. Being it is one of my all time favorite books, I have read it more than once, probably even more than twice. But it certainly has been a long time ago now.

    It is one of the few books I have ever read more than once. Usually when I am done with a book, that is it.

    The other book I read more than once was probably Catcher in the Rye.
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    Hold onto your seatbelts with this book. I saw a news show where they say Harper Lee was asked to focus on a father/daughter theme for Mockingbird, but that this book reflects more of what she wanted from the first book. I don't know how much of that is true, but it won't be the same book.
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    I read the first chapter as it was printed in the Wall Street Journal on Friday. The style of writing is exactly the same and her descriptions pull you in. She is, of course, considerably older than she was in TKAM and her ability to see the real world is greater. As Scout, her innocence had much to do with the the beauty and the power of the book. She broke up the lynch mob with her simple "Hey Mr. Cunningham......."....that was so powerful in its simplicity.
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    The nuances of white supremacy and African American experience are powerful. I cannot see that white male ruling class attitudes have changed since the book was written, except to double down on efforts to keep people of color down. The good ole' U S of A is a frightening place for young black guys, just like in Watchman. Maybe even worse today.
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    Yeah, I think things have changed just a wee bit from Alabama in the 1950s.

    If I ever meet someone from the white male ruling class of 2015, I'll make sure to take note of his class ring.

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    A look at the writings of Harper Lee's father, whom the character of Atticus Finch is based on. Writings of Harper Lee's dad reveal Atticus Finch's conflict
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    Well, I got the book and was really looking forward to reading it, but I have to say, I was really disappointed. It was hard to believe it was written by the same person who wrote TKAM. Yes, some of the characters were the same --- and Scout was going back to her same home town, but to me, those were the only indications that this book was written by the same author.

    I really, really tried to get into the book, but it was so boring (it was all reflections on how some of her family members and a few close friends looked today, as compared to back then --- no storyline, no interactions of note, not much of anything. . .) so that by a third to half way into it, I just gave up.

    I usually am fine with slow moving books and films, I love 'period pieces' - and character studies, and reflections, etc. but I don't know --- maybe it's just me, but this book just dragged on until I couldn't read it any more.

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