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melody
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Melody
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Posted - Feb 05 2015 :  6:45:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can you believe it?

Would you call it a pre-quel or a sequel? She wrote "Go Set A Watchman" before " To Kill A Mockingbird." But, the book takes place 20 years later when Scout is grown and returns home to Atticus and the small town of Macomb,Alabama.

I went online yesterday and pre-ordered the book due out in July.

A lot of people are wondering what it will be like and if it will stand up to her first novel. I think it will stand on its own merit and besides I am just so happy to be able to read something of hers once again. Can't wait!

Who is your favorite "To Kill A Mockingbird" character?

Mine is of course is....Scout.

Melody

Edited by - melody on Feb 05 2015 6:45:43 PM

YellowRose
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Sara
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Posted - Feb 05 2015 :  7:00:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Scout is also my favorite. Saw a bio about Harper Lee on TV, and she knew Truman Compote when he was a boy. They were next door neighbors. Some people believe she based her character Dill on Truman. I can see why they would think that.



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ddmashayekhi
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Dawn
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Posted - Feb 06 2015 :  05:29:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I believe the book will be excellent. I don't think she would let it be released otherwise. I can't wait to read it either! I think the literary world is in a tizzy over this "new" work coming out.

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AsiyahK
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Asiyah
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Posted - Feb 07 2015 :  12:08:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My favorite character, besides Atticus, is Jem. I love how he looked after his sister and can't wait to read "GSAW". This was the reminder I needed to pre-order the book!
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prariehawk
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Cindy

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Posted - Feb 07 2015 :  6:08:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is exciting that her book is going to be released after all this time but I wonder if she requested it? I've read that she has some form of dementia and may not be able to appreciate what releasing this book will mean. I hope it's in her best interest and the publisher isn't just trying to exploit her. She's like a legend and I hope she stays that way.
Cindy

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Jenny
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Posted - Feb 23 2015 :  6:08:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm so excited about GSAW too. I teach To Kill A Mockingbird to 8th graders. This
year it's been fun to predict what Scout will share with us in the next book.
My favorite character would have to be Scout. I love when she says things like "pass the damn ham."
That just always cracks me up. I have a soft spot for Boo and would love to have tea with Miss Maudie,
but only outside among her flowers.
It's amazing to me how these characters are timeless and feel like part of my family.

God has a bigger plan for me than I have for myself.
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Bear5
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Posted - Mar 01 2015 :  1:24:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can't wait for the new book! Like Jenny, I also have a soft spot for Boo!
Marly

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auntsmelly
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Jenny
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Posted - Mar 07 2015 :  3:43:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Marly-
I read your post and smiled and then realized you have
9400 posts! Wow! That's amazing! I am excited to get
to 500. You go, girl!
:0)

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Bear5
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Posted - Mar 08 2015 :  11:03:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jenny, I've been here for a while! LOL When I first signed on, there was a lot more chatting. Of course, lately, I haven't had the time to chat like I'd like to.
Marly

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Posted - Apr 23 2015 :  08:51:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't wait for this book as well. I anticipate it being good, but sometimes the hoopla skews what readers are thinking when the open the book. I just don't want to let critic thoughts settle in before I read it myself!

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melody
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Posted - Apr 23 2015 :  09:34:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And you have to bear in mind she wrote this before To Kill a Mockingbird....I have a feeling though it will be a good read. You just can't top TKAM but this will be a good one and I am so looking forward to it as well!

Melody
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prariehawk
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Posted - Jul 08 2015 :  8:35:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As a writer, I have serious misgivings about this book. I read that she has macular degeneration and is deaf, which means she can't see the book to read it, and she can't hear someone read it to her. She wrote it so long ago that I can't help but wonder if she remembers what all is in the book. And I find it suspicious that it was "just" found last year. The publisher originally told her back in the 1950's when she wrote it that it needed work. Then it was "lost" for all this time, and suddenly appears? I love "To Kill a Mockingbird" and I would hate to see her legacy somehow lessened if this book doesn't live up to its hype. Some publishers would sell their own mothers to make a profit so please excuse me if I'm cynical. I love writers and I love writing but I know enough about the publishing world to fear that publishing this book is not in her best interests. I hope I'm wrong. I hope it's a wonderful character study and searing portrait of the pre-Civil Rights Era. I hope. But I also fear. And I'm a person who DEVOURS books.
Cindy

"Come by the hills to the land where fancy is free; And stand where the peaks meet the sky and the rocks reach the sea.Where the rivers run clear and the bracken is gold in the sun. and cares of tomorrow must wait till this day is done"--Loreena McKennit
"In many ways, you don't just live in the country, it lives inside you"--Ellen Eilers

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melody
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Posted - Jul 09 2015 :  05:28:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rarely, if ever, does a "pre-quel" or "sequel" or whatever you want to call it live up to the "hype" as you put it. As an avid reader and a bookseller--- I know this.

Fans of Miss Harper, true fans, of Miss Harper will not place such high expectations on a novel that was written at the time of "Too Kill A Mockingbird." Nothing can compare to such a classic and timeless novel. For me it's the tantalizing thought of being able to hear her words once again after decades of silence.

Who is to say that she didn't feel the time was right to publish in lieu of what is transpiring in our country now? As we all know its a woman's prerogative to change her mind.

And, I really feel that there are good people that are also with Miss Harper who are looking out for her both in a moral and legal way. I seriously, doubt she is as incapacitated is stated in the media. Because, as we all know, the MEDIA will do anything to create a feeding frenzy for their "own" hype.

I pre-ordered her book the day the news broke and I will treasure "Go Set a Watchman" as I treasure "To Kill A Mockingbird."

Melody
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levisgrammy
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Denise Thompson
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Posted - Jul 09 2015 :  07:29:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I saw "To Kill A Mockingbird" on stores shelves and decided not to buy it. I have only seen the movie. I am rethinking that decision since there is another book coming out. I love to read but thought why read it when I have already watched it. Question, if you have seen the movie how close is it to the book? I don't like when they veer far from the books.

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melody
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Melody
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Posted - Jul 09 2015 :  08:56:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's pretty close Denise-I've read the book many times and I've watched the movie to the point where I know most of the lines verbatim which coincide with the book the majority of the time. That said, the book is very, very good with a few "extra" stories included as well. I recommend that you take the time to read the book-You won't regret it.

Melody
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Posted - Jul 09 2015 :  10:18:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I reread To Kill a Mockingbird with High School English students two years ago. That was enlightening. I did a lot of explaining. They were horrified by the use of the "N" word. I am 71 and just like Paula Deen, I have used that word. I tried to help these kids understand that we never went to school with them, they lived down the way in "N" town, and calling black Mr. Jones , Nigger Jones differentiated him from Mr. Jones who sold cars. We were never mean to them in our small west Texas town. We helped with their Bible school each summer. My mother went to work when I was 14, because she had two years of college. She was the old age assistance lady and got to know one elderly black woman who had been a slave. One day mother brought home a note the lady had written to her. Because the lady never learned to read or write, it was next to impossible to decipher. I liked the book because that is the way folks lived, no tv or electronics. A simpler time.

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Denise Thompson
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Posted - Jul 10 2015 :  07:49:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think I will go ahead and get a copy and add it to my reading pile. I am an avid reader which is no good for getting housework done but once I start I have a hard time leaving a book alone. That way I will be able to have the other one to start when I finish it.

~Denise~
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