Trapped in an oppressive work environment, Lee takes matters into her own hands by killing the bullies and bosses that threaten her job as a cleaning solution salesperson.
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Runtime: 60 minutes
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Go Set a Watchman is a novel by Harper Lee published on July 14, 2015 by HarperCollins, United States and William Heinemann, United Kingdom. Although written before her first and only other published novel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird—and initially promoted by its publisher as a sequel—it is now more widely accepted as being a first draft of the famous novel. The title comes from Isaiah 21:6: “For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.” It alludes to Jean Louise Finch's view of her father, Atticus Finch, as the moral compass (“watchman”) of Maycomb, and has a theme of disillusionment, as she discovers the extent of the bigotry in her home community. The book's unexpected and controversial discovery, decades after it was written, together with the status of the author's only other book—an American classic—caused its publication to be highly anticipated; Amazon stated that it was their “most pre-ordered book” since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007, and stores arranged all-night openings beginning at midnight to cope with expected demand. Go Set a Watchman tackles the racial tensions brewing in the South in the 1950s and delves into the complex relationship between father and daughter. It includes treatments of many of the characters who appear in To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Go Set a Watchman received mixed reviews. Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times described Atticus' characterization as “shocking”, as he “has been affiliating with raving anti-integration, anti-black crazies, and the reader shares [Scout's] horror and confusion”. Aside from this reveal, Kakutani does make note that Watchman is the first draft of Mockingbird and discusses how students of writing will find Watchman fascinating for those reasons. A reviewer for The Wall Street Journal described the key theme of the book as disillusionment. Despite Atticus' bigotry in the novel, he wins a case similar to the one he loses in To Kill a Mockingbird. Entertainment Weekly panned the book as “a first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird” and said “Though Watchman has a few stunning passages, it reads, for the most part, like a sluggishly-paced first draft, replete with incongruities, bad dialogue, and underdeveloped characters”. “Ponderous and lurching”, wrote William Giraldi in The New Republic, “haltingly confected, the novel plods along in search of a plot, tranquilizes you with vast fallow patches, with deadening dead zones, with onslaughts of cliché and dialogue made of pamphleteering monologue or else eye-rolling chitchat”. In The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik commented that the novel could be seen as “a string of clichés”, although he went on to remark that “some of them are clichés only because, in the half century since Lee's generation introduced them, they've become clichés; taken on their own terms, they remain quite touching and beautiful”. Maureen Corrigan in NPR Books called the novel “kind of a mess”. In The Spectator, Philip Hensher called Go Set a Watchman “an interesting document and a pretty bad novel”, as well as a “piece of confused juvenilia”. “Go Set A Watchman is not a horrible book, but it's not a very good one, either”, judged the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, citing among other flaws its “overly simplistic” plot. Alexandra Petri wrote in The Washington Post, “It is an inchoate jumble ... Go Set a Watchman is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a good, or even a finished book. For the first 100 pages it lacks anything that could even charitably be described as a plot. ... [T]he writing is laughably bad. ... I flung the book down and groaned audibly and I almost did not pick it back up even though I knew I had fewer than 100 pages to go. ... This should not have been published. It’s 280 pages in desperate need of an editor. ... If you were anywhere in the vicinity of me when I was reading the thing, you heard a horrible bellowing noise, followed by the sound of a book being angrily tossed down. ...” Author Ursula K. Le Guin wrote that “Harper Lee was a good writer. She wrote a lovable, greatly beloved book. But this earlier one, for all its faults and omissions, asks some of the hard questions To Kill a Mockingbird evades.” Go Set a Watchman set a record for the highest adult novel one-day sales at Barnes & Noble, which included digital sales and pre-orders made before July 14. Barnes & Noble declined to release the exact number. Some translations of the novel have appeared. In the Finnish translation of the novel by Kristiina Drews “nigger” is translated as if “negro” or “black” had been used. Drews stated that she interpreted what was meant each time, and used vocabulary not offensive to black people. In 2015, the book won the primary Goodreads Choice Award .
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