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Go Set a Watchman release day

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1lorannen
Editat: jul. 14, 2015, 10:38am

It's finally here. Are you reading Go Set a Watchman? What are your thoughts so far?

If you read/listened to the first chapter (released a few days ago here) but aren't continuing on with the rest of the book, why?

2lorannen
jul. 14, 2015, 10:52am

Full disclosure: I broke down and pre-ordered a Kindle copy just yesterday afternoon, and have not read the first chapter yet.

3lilithcat
jul. 14, 2015, 10:59am

I read the first chapter, and I must say it didn't grab me. However, the reviews/analysis I've seen intrigue me. I'll read the entire book eventually, but I don't feel any urgency to do so. So I put a hold on it at my library. I'm #443, which isn't as bad as it sounds because they have 222 copies.

4lorannen
jul. 14, 2015, 11:09am

>3 lilithcat: Honestly, that sounds like a pretty reasonable wait. Good on your library for actually ordering a metric ton of copies, too.

5lilithcat
jul. 14, 2015, 11:20am

>4 lorannen:

They tend to do that when a big demand is anticipated. And it is a huge library system.

6Ennas
jul. 14, 2015, 11:42am

>3 lilithcat: O_O Your library ordered 222 copies of the same book? *faints*
If my library would do that, there would be no more new books in the library for the next 5 years or so.

7JackieCarroll
jul. 14, 2015, 11:48am

>5 lilithcat: You're lucky to have a big library system. I put The Help on hold with a similar wait list, and I got the much-anticipated call two years later.

I'm waiting. I'm bad about buying new releases and then not reading them until after they land on the sale table. I don't think Go Set a Watchman will end up on the sale table any time soon, but I'm going to wait until I'm ready to read, which will probably be a few weeks. I don't know--I'm just not as excited about this one as I feel like I should be.

8aulsmith
jul. 14, 2015, 11:50am

I wasn't planning on it and nothing I've heard about it has changed my mind. I'm not a big fan of books that have been rejected by publishers. The publisher usually had a good reason.

9Crypto-Willobie
jul. 14, 2015, 11:53am

>7 JackieCarroll: 'New' remainder copies may not end up on the Sale Table anytime soon, but there will certainly be a lot of low(ish) priced second hand copies out there within a year -- perhaps within months -- if you just want an inexpensive copy. This just from the massive number of people buying it now, many of whom will not want to keep it.

10lilithcat
jul. 14, 2015, 11:56am

>6 Ennas:

I live in Chicago. We are the 9th largest library system in the U.S by volumes held, second only to the University of Chicago in the city. There are 80 locations throughout the city, including the main library which is the largest public library in the world. Circulation so far this year is over 4,000,000 (though I assume that includes audio/visual material as well as books). Over 1,000,000 have library cards.

So you can see that 222 copies of such a high-demand book is pretty much a drop in the bucket.

11MarthaJeanne
Editat: jul. 14, 2015, 11:57am

>3 lilithcat: Is that for all of Chicago? Eta we crossposted.

I hated To Kill a Mockingbird when I had to read it in school, tried to reread it at one point, and couldn't get into it, so I'm not planning to look at this one.

12reading_fox
jul. 14, 2015, 11:59am

I will absolutely read it. But probably only when I find it discounted unless I remember when I'm buying a stack of ebooks. Looking forward to it as TKaM is a favourite 'classic' of mine.

13LolaWalser
jul. 14, 2015, 11:59am

>8 aulsmith:

Any number of great books were repeatedly rejected by publishers.

And in this case, taking in account the date of publication, the political climate at the time, the topic, and the nature of changes, I'd say it's almost certain to be an interesting read.

I placed a library request too, 696th of (currently) 1066, with 245 physical copies in circulation.

14LolaWalser
jul. 14, 2015, 12:00pm

TPL for the win! ;)

15lilithcat
jul. 14, 2015, 12:00pm

>9 Crypto-Willobie:

there will certainly be a lot of low(ish) priced second hand copies out there within a year -- perhaps within months

I have no doubt that next year's Newberry Library Book Fair will have scads of them. You can always tell what the previous year's hot book was by the number of copies at the sale.

16JackieCarroll
jul. 14, 2015, 12:04pm

>9 Crypto-Willobie: You're probably right. I like the feeling of buying new with the new smell still on it, and the excitement of purchasing in a real bookstore instead of ordering online, but that's only for books I know I'll love. I'm not sure about this one.

17JackieCarroll
jul. 14, 2015, 12:15pm

>11 MarthaJeanne: I think that part of the reason that I lack excitement about this book is that I, too, had to force down To Kill a Mockingbird in school.

18Ennas
Editat: jul. 14, 2015, 5:01pm

>10 lilithcat:. O_O That's a LOT of books. And a lot of people.
I live in a town with just one library. And of course, this book is pretty unimportant here. They might buy one someday. Maybe...

19SylviaC
jul. 14, 2015, 5:22pm

My library system has one paper copy and one Overdrive audio copy. Good thing I have no particular desire to read it.

20Cecrow
jul. 14, 2015, 6:36pm

I have my copy and dived right in. It's nice to be part of an event, I can't be bothered for most movies these days.

21krazy4katz
jul. 14, 2015, 7:32pm

I am reading To Kill a Mockingbird right now in preparation for reading Go Set a Watchman. Oddly I don't remember the book at all so maybe I only saw the movie. Anyway, I am not far yet but the prose is beautiful.

22aulsmith
jul. 14, 2015, 11:05pm

>13 LolaWalser: I have more pedestrian tastes than you do, and I find that certain editors and certain publishing houses of yore (including Lippincott) make good judgements for me. If Lippincott sent it back for a re-write, I'm happy to confine my reading to the re-write.

23Cecrow
jul. 15, 2015, 7:21am

>22 aulsmith:, I think the editor's call in this case was that the flashbacks suggested another story that ought to be told first, and this one would serve better as a sequel. A quarter way in, I don't believe this second book is destined for the same classic status and would be weaker without the first novel to support it. But it's still a good read.

24LolaWalser
jul. 15, 2015, 12:13pm

>22 aulsmith:, >23 Cecrow:

It seems Go set a watchman WAS "the first" novel. The reworking seems to have been too extensive to call it a first draft exactly, but it predates To kill a mockingbird.

I should probably check out the latter too, I've never read it...

25Cecrow
Editat: jul. 17, 2015, 10:30am

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26pokarekareana
jul. 15, 2015, 5:12pm

My library network has ordered 45 copies, covering an area inhabited by 1.25 million people. I've reserved mine, but they don't tell me what number I am in the list until the copies actually arrive. Based on past experience, I doubt they will hit the libraries any time soon. Maybe I'll get to read it before Christmas... maybe Christmas 2016...

27lilithcat
jul. 15, 2015, 5:32pm

>26 pokarekareana:

My library has received its copies already. And I'm already down to #278!

28MaureenRoy
jul. 16, 2015, 5:01pm

I just posted my book review of Go Set A Watchman here on LT. Impossible to spoil To Kill A Mockingbird by reading this book first. TKAM has my vote to be The Great American novel, *not* GWTW.

29lilithcat
jul. 16, 2015, 5:59pm

> 28

There are people who think GWTW is "the Great American novel*"? Really? That racist piece of crap? The one with all the happy Negroes and the gallant Klan? I may puke.

*Not that there is any such thing

30krazy4katz
jul. 16, 2015, 7:22pm

>29 lilithcat: As I look back on my childhood, it's odd that it never occurred to me how racist GWTW is (the movie). I am horrified how little I questioned it. I was a northerner and thought the whole story and the characters were silly but I didn't really think about how truly nasty it is. I don't think I ever read the book.

31jbegab
Editat: jul. 16, 2015, 10:42pm

I just finished reading Go Set A Watchman. the first few chapters led me to comment, "it's just a story" but it builds, and the last two chapters are very relevant to our current life.
I loved To Kill A Mocking Bird, and I am impressed with this one too, for different reasons.
I guess I am very lucky--I got a copy from my library yesterday! They ordered lots of copies and I put mine on hold soon enough I was one of the first. I would like to read it again, but I guess I'll turn it in and let someone else have their turn.

32maggie1944
jul. 17, 2015, 9:04am

My face-to-face book group decided to read The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee for June, and both Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird for July. Then, just for a little extra zest, we found that our bookstore, where we meet, is hosting Jimmy Carter to sign his book, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.

We seem to have immersed ourselves in American southern, and I think it will make a great back drop for reading Go Set a Watchman. The book will be judged in part as an example of a time and place which is no more. I do not expect the author to be writing from the point of view of a modern world. I expect the book to reflect its culture and world, when it was written.

We shall see.....

33Cecrow
Editat: jul. 17, 2015, 10:33am

>32 maggie1944:, you're correct, Go Set a Watchmen was written in and is set in the 1950s. There's a bit of lingo included from that time and place that I'm not familiar with.

34LolaWalser
jul. 17, 2015, 10:39am

Ha, right now I'm: 666 of 1426.

35Cecrow
jul. 17, 2015, 1:05pm

My esteem for this novel is a heck of a lot higher now that I've finished it than when I began. Its first quarter or third makes you think it's coming on light, but it picks up a lot of steam heading for home.

36LindsayDetwiler
jul. 18, 2015, 3:19pm

I really enjoyed the point-of-view of this novel; I liked seeing Scout all grown up. I also thought it was interesting to see the romance built into the novel. However, I do feel like it isn't as inspiring, deep, or revolutionary as To Kill a Mockingbird. I think that if this had been Harper Lee's "Mockingbird," it wouldn't have made as much of an impact. It makes it seem like racism is insurmountable, so one should just sort of give up. It was also odd to see the antagonistic relationship between Scout and Atticus. Overall, I think it is well-written but just isn't on the same level as To Kill a Mockingbird.

37bluegentian
jul. 18, 2015, 4:42pm

I won't read the book until the hype has died down.

38jbegab
Editat: jul. 19, 2015, 10:45pm

Cecrow I felt the same way. I want to read it again, later. Maybe even read To Kill a Mockingbird again first.

39maggie1944
jul. 20, 2015, 7:36am

My book group decided to read The Mockingbird Next Door and then both To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman. I think this plan provided a wonderful context for reading the new book. I just finished it last night and enjoyed it thoroughly.