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Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird)
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Mark Ueber | 255 comments Mod
Are you aware of the controversy over Go Set a Watchman? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Set_...

What do you think?


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Mark Ueber | 255 comments Mod
Mark wrote: "Are you aware of the controversy over Go Set a Watchman? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Set_...

What do you think?"


The possibility that Go Set a Watchman was published against Harper Lee’s wishes makes me uncomfortable, and I had no intention of reading it until the book club expressed interest, and I felt I shouldn’t stand in the way.

Given the passages in Go Set a Watchman that are also in To Kill a Mockingbird, I have no problem believing that Go Set a Watchmen morphed into To Kill a Mockingbird and that Harper Lee did not want it to be published. Although the publisher goes to great lengths to convince us otherwise if that is so, her wishes should have been respected, and I am sorry I read it.

In Go Set a Watchman, Atticus is freed of perfection and the burden of doing the right thing no matter what, so it is a more accurate portrayal of the South in the 1950s than To Kill a Mockingbird is. I suppose that has merit, but for me, it is not enough to justify going against Lee’s wishes if that is what happened.


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