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  1. theorangutanlibrarian
    January 23 @ 2:37 pm

    I actually haven’t been able to read this yet- just cos I don’t want to see Atticus Finch fall from grace. But I like your take on that- great review!

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  2. keats0810
    January 23 @ 3:13 pm

    I agree. I think this is what Harper Lee originally intended for her book to be like. Go Set A Watchman was her first book and Kill A Mockingbird was taken it from it. I think she wanted to show that life-shattering moment when as an adult you see how sheltered you were as a child.

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    • julitownsend
      January 31 @ 3:55 am

      My understanding was that this book was the first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird, which was never meant to be released. I also read that Harper Lee worked on the draft for almost twenty years to transform it into the bestseller we know and love. However, recently, I keep reading reviews saying it’s a sequel.
      Not having read it myself, does it make more sense if you think of it as the original version of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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      • keats0810
        February 2 @ 7:43 am

        Looking at it as a sequel, I feel, would be wrong. To Kill a Mockingbird was originally supposed to be inside Go Set A Watchman. So, if anything, we can see the full picture of what Harper Lee intended–that being the loss of childhood and growing up. In that way, it’s amazing!

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        • Jessica Manuel
          February 7 @ 9:35 am

          I agree that it’s amazing. I think based on the timing of its publication and the way it’s set after TKM, it would be hard not to treat it like a sequel.

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  3. mishaelak
    January 24 @ 1:12 am

    I’m in the middle of the gut-wrenching part of the book. Atticus has always been one of my favorite literary characters, and I feel like I’m mourning the loss of him right along with Jean Louise. I appreciate your thoughts on the necessity of books like this – even if reality is a little hard to swallow.

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    • Jessica Manuel
      January 24 @ 4:37 am

      I felt the same- it feels like a death in so many ways. Poor Scout!

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