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Go Set a Watchman: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2015; vuoden 2015 painos)

– tekijä: Harper Lee (Tekijä)

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"Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch -- "Scout"--Returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past -- a journey that can be guided only by one's conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision -- a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic." -- Book jacket.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Harper Lee (Tekijä)
Info:Harper (2015), Edition: 1st, 288 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Kaikki taivaan linnut (tekijä: Harper Lee) (2015)

  1. 122
    Kuin surmaisi satakielen (tekijä: Harper Lee) (JuliaMaria, KayCliff)
    JuliaMaria: Harper Lee hat nur zwei Bücher veröffentlicht. Das zweite - "Gehe hin, stelle einen Wächter" - erst mit 90 Jahren - auch wenn es schon früher geschrieben wurde. Es war die literarische Sensation des Jahres 2015.
    KayCliff: Go Set a Watchman is the sequel to To Kill a Mocking Bird
  2. 30
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (tekijä: Mildred D. Taylor) (amanda4242)
  3. 52
    Yksinäinen sydän (tekijä: Carson McCullers) (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Another story of the south by an author with similar background.
  4. 20
    The Optimist's Daughter (tekijä: Eudora Welty) (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Moving and bittersweet, these Southern Gothic novels portray women pushed to their emotional limits as they return home and re-establish old relationships. Both are literary and character-driven, with a thoughtful style that also references mid-twentieth-century events and attitudes.… (lisätietoja)
  5. 10
    The Keepers of the House (tekijä: Shirley Ann Grau) (vwinsloe)
    vwinsloe: Southern values shortly before the civil rights era
  6. 10
    Tongues of flame (tekijä: Mary Ward Brown) (andrewcorser)
    andrewcorser: Further insight into the Southern States
  7. 10
    Four Spirits (tekijä: Sena Jeter Naslund) (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Although Go Set a Watchman takes a more humorous approach than Four Spirits, both novels, set in the mid-twentieth-century South, spotlight the effects of the Civil Rights Movement on individuals. They are captivating, character-driven cameos representing society as a whole.… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 394) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
The time your friends need you is when they’re wrong.

In 1957 Tay Hohoff, literary editor, judged this book to be unfit for publication as it was "more a series of anecdotes than a fully conceived novel". If the book in any way resembled what was published last year she couldn't have been more wrong. There are no superfluous lines or chapters or stories in this book, and every separate anecdote connects directly with what came before and after it, as well as everything else in the book. It is hilariously funny in places. It is beautiful. It is poignant. It is eye-opening.

I am glad they didn't rush to publish it, because it means we got To Kill a Mocking Bird out of it, but it was a crime against the entire world that they discouraged her from finishing it and publishing it as Go Set a Watchman first day. It is an amazing book in its own right, just because something isn't best-seller material doesn't mean it isn't fit to be published. It would have had exactly the type of small but far-reaching success that she wanted.

The book needed a couple of little things, the parts that repeat or contradict To Kill a Mocking Bird needed to be fixed, and Jean Louise's views on race could be more well developed. For example, racism, the central theme in To Kill a Mocking bird, ends up being almost a McGuffin here. She concedes points she does not need to concede. The fact that some of these things are destroyed later does not stop people who were too angry to read on quoting them out of context and using them to attack the book.
So it's unfinished. But unfinished? Unfinished like The Trial is "unfinished".


I learned a lot from this book. Most importantly I learned the dictionary definition of bigot, that I am a turnip-sized one. We are living in a time when people passionately ignore opposing views, and assume anyone with them is pure evil. Few are willing to quietly and calmly, over time, help their friends to see the truth.

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People are upset with this book because they can't deal with the cognitive dissonance that Jean Louise has to deal with. Good people can be wrong and have loathsome views, including you, and me, and Jean Louise and Atticus. If you can't accept that you are exactly who this book was trying to reach. If you find it difficult to deal with it, and you want help, this book gives you some tools to deal with it.

Jean Louise's own ambivalence is tearing her apart. She loves Henry, but her family say he is of a lower order of human being. She could live with that, but could she live in Maycomb, surrounded by people who don't think like her? A lot of the vitriol spewed at this book comes from people interpreting the ending as Jean Louise acquiescing and deciding that prejudice isn't so bad after all. There is nothing to suggest this. Her uncle does not say she needs to come round to everyone else's way of thinking, he says she isn't alone and the people who think like her need allies.

Scout, all grown up, loses her real mother (Cal) and her father (Atticus) to racism, and she is shown the way to get them back.


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  RebeccaBooks | Sep 16, 2021 |
Pointless. You can tell that this was a rejected draft. Full of long drawn out discussions, opinions and personal angst. Only one worthy quote: prejudice, a dirty word and faith, a clean one, have something in common; they both begin where reason ends, or something similar. I am not even going to bother looking it up. Mercifully the book was short. Another dead giveaway that it was most probably the drivel culled out of the more famous book. ( )
  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
At times awkward and didactic, Go Set a Watchman reads as exactly what it is - an amateur but impressive first effort by a talented author. I am impressed that Tay Hohoff had the vision to see the potential within and opted to push Harper Lee to produce not merely a more polished version of this book, but the more impressive work that was to be To Kill a Mockingbird.

However, I found this book has merits of its own that were not evident in the book it became. Specifically the coming of age story in this beautifully captures the first horrible moment when we recognize the humanity of a parent and find that they are not a god, the terrible instant when we look back in time to our childhood and realize the world we loved never truly was.

At times the writing was truly stiff and awful yet in others her genius indisputably shone through. Ultimately I derived great pleasure from the reading, and in the end, that is what matters most. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Aug 9, 2021 |
I can't tell if this is bitter medicine or pure poison. It's all in the dosage, and I'm not certain if this one was measured correctly.

Really, there are a lot of uncertainties to this book. Not in the text itself, which presents a terribly clear picture of racism and the justifications made to support it, but in the troubled questions that surrounded its publication. As a literary artifact this story is fascinating, especially if the contention that this was an earlier draft of Mockingbird is true-- it certainly reads like Harper Lee, but an angrier and more depressed Lee. The story it tells is much different, however, and I wonder how this became that earlier published, later written work.

The story of Watchman is difficult to read, but perhaps that was part of why it is worth reading. There were happy anecdotes from Scout Finch's adolescence, interspersed and offsetting the terrible sense of betrayal the story centers upon. Seeing Atticus turn out to be a racist distressed me, but I can not flinch away from every book that disturbs me.

Was there something vaguely problematic with the way Atticus Finch's character has been set upon a pedestal by literary culture? Definitely. Does the story here, about growing up to discover the flaws of one's family, loved ones, culture, resonate? Oh yes. Except there was something beautiful about moral Atticus Finch, seen through the worshiping eyes of his children. And yes, growing up involves discovering the flaws within our heroes, but it seems terrible to have that beauty torn down into ugliness.

And yet, and yet... "Why didn't you hit me instead? For God's sake, Atticus!" ( )
  MCBacon | Aug 2, 2021 |
I'm not going to rate this book, because I don't think it's fair to rate Go Set a Watchman purely on literary merit. I've always been divided on whether To Kill a Mockingbird is a great book, or one that salves our consciences with clear moral simplicity. Go Set a Watchman makes To Kill a Mockingbird a better book--not in some damning with faint praise way, but by granting it moral complexity. Mockingbird is the lens of the six year old Scout, a girl who idolizes her father and can see no fault. Watchman is the 26 year old Jean Louise, an angry young woman trying to understand the people she thought she knew.

Watchman is clearly a draft, and given the circumstances of its publication, I feel uncomfortable critiquing it. That isn't to say it's a bad novel. It has flaws (such as several sections of overly talky dialogue) but these are things that could have been reworked. It's worth reading for understanding how the bones of Mockingbird came to be.
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 394) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
And so beneath Atticus’s style of enlightenment is a kind of bigotry that could not recognize itself as such at the time. The historical and human fallacies of the Agrarian ideology hardly need to be rehearsed now, but it should be said that these views were not regarded as ridiculous by intellectuals at the time. Indeed, Jean Louise/Lee herself, though passionately opposed to what her uncle and her father are saying, nevertheless accepts the general terms of the debate as the right ones.
lisäsi danielx | muokkaaNew Yorker, Adam Gopnik (Jul 27, 2015)
 
Go Set a Watchman is a troubling confusion of a novel, politically and artistically, beginning with its fishy origin story. .. I ached for this adult Scout: The civil rights movement may be gathering force, but the second women's movement hasn't happened yet. I wanted to transport Scout to our own time — take her to a performance of Fun Home on Broadway — to know that, if she could only hang on, the possibilities for nonconforming tomboys will open up. Lee herself, writing in the 1950s, lacks the language and social imagination to fully develop this potentially powerful theme.
 
Despite the boldness and bravery of its politics, Go Set a Watchman is a very rough diamond in literary terms … it is a book of enormous literary interest, and questionable literary merit.
 
It is, in most respects, a new work, and a pleasure, revelation and genuine literary event, akin to the discovery of extra sections from T S Eliot’s The Waste Land or a missing act from Hamlet hinting that the prince may have killed his father.
lisäsi Widsith | muokkaaThe Guardian, Mark Lawson (Jul 12, 2015)
 
Watchman is both a painful complication of Harper Lee’s beloved book and a confirmation that a novel read widely by schoolchildren is far more bitter than sweet. Watchman is alienating from the very start.
lisäsi Widsith | muokkaaTime, Daniel D'Addario (Jul 11, 2015)
 

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"Every man's island, Jean Louise, every man's watchman, is his conscience." "There is no such thing as a collective conscious".
"Aunty," she said, cordially, "why don't you go pee in your hat?"
I need a watchman to lead me around and declare what he seeth every hour on the hour.  I need a watchman to tell me this is what a man says but this is what he means, to draw a line down the middle and say here is this justice and there is that justice and make me understand the difference. I need a watchman to go forth and proclaim to them all that twenty-six years is too long to play a joke on anybody, no matter how funny it is.
I was taught never to take advantage of anybody who was less fortunate than myself, whether he be less fortunate in brains, wealth, or social position; it meant anybody, not just Negroes. I was given to understand that the reverse was to be despised. That is the way I was raised, by a black woman and a white man.
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"Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch -- "Scout"--Returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past -- a journey that can be guided only by one's conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision -- a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic." -- Book jacket.

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