Anticipation ahead of Harper Lee book release

I read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ when I was about 15.  I think that is the case, although I honestly can’t remember exactly what age I was.  What I do remember is how much I loved the book.  And I mean loved.    However I haven’t ever re-read it, and I can’t honestly explain why that is the case.  God knows, I have watched the film too many times to admit.   I think the book is better though, as books usually are.  I just have a thing for Gregory Peck!

Anyway, I am counting the days until her new (!) book ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ is released and we don’t have long to wait.  14th July!

Go Set a WatchmanGo Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

I found all the controversy surrounding the release of the book slightly disconcerting.  I so hope the lady wasn’t taken advantage of.  I like to think she retains some of the spirit I saw her character display in the film Capote.    Well, whatever the truth is, I hope she can at least raise a glass to how much the public loved her characters, and cannot wait to read more!   So on my holidays I will have a copy of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Go Set a Watchman.’   I will be reading one after the other and enjoying every second of it.  I shall report back on my return.  I would love it, if you are a fan, if you read both and then we could compare notes!   The other book club choice for August is ‘The Girl on The Train.’ by Paula Hawkins which you can find out more about on The Monthly Book Club page.

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4 thoughts on “Anticipation ahead of Harper Lee book release

  1. I am ashamed to admit that I have never read To Kill a Mocking Bird – but interestingly someone in my office was just urging me to read it last week. So I will definitely be adding it to this month’s reading list, closely followed by Harper Lees latest book. Thanks for the update / recommendation.

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    1. Oh my goodness. I just cannot wait for you to read it! Ok, it’s not your espionage thriller, but I think it will remind you why you loved English literature. Lucky lucky you! Wouldn’t it be funny now if you hated it!!!

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  2. Hi Clare. I know exactly what you mean. I am more than a little worried that the hype is going to lead to much disappointment, but we still have the original classic which I can’t wait to re-read. I am so excited to hear your thoughts once you have read the new one. Eeeek!

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  3. I am re-posting a comment here from Clare which was posted under the review for Elizabeth is Missing, but was meant for here.

    Justine, I love the idea of reading them together. I actually read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ as a set text at school and so didn’t love it until I re-read it a few years ago, when I thought it deserved its ‘genius’ status. I am almost afraid to read ‘Go Set a Watchman’ and I desperately hope Nelle Harper Lee did indeed want to publish it. Looking forward to sharing views on it! Clare

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