Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Go Set A Watchman - New Book from Harper Lee!



If you love the book "To Kill A Mockingbird", you might be pleased to know that on July 14, 2015, the new book, "Go Set A Watchman" will be released by Harper Lee! It will be called a new book but it isn't really. Apparently, this will be the original book that Harper Lee wrote!  In 1960, the editor wanted to only publish the portions of her book that dealt with the experiences of Scout as a young child in Alabama.  Her original book has Scout as an adult in New York City, twenty years after the events depicted in "To Kill A Mockingbird".  (Harper Lee said as this was her first book she did as she was told.)  She really thought that the full manuscript was lost, but her lawyer found a copy and Harper Lee decided to publish it. (Did she want to or was she gently persuaded?  I don't know, but I am glad that she will do so!)

Go Set A Watchman...it sounds like that could be something from the Bible, doesn't it?
It has to be, I found this in the Book of Isaiah, Isaiah 21:6 to be precise...

For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.


The FIRST printing will be two million copies! YAY!

Happy to share this piece of good news with you!


Mockingbirds will often go to the highest places and sing. (They will often sing at night during the summer.) This one was at the highest point on top of St. Simon's Church.  He was singing his heart out!

25 comments:

  1. I read about this in the news earlier. It is indeed good news.

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    1. I read it on the BBC during my lunchtime break from work. Everyone else must have known already!

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  2. I've only just read Nan's post about this, and now I find it here, too. It's great news, and definitely something for my "Must Read" list!
    Actually, I never thought of Harper Lee as being still alive... I somehow had her in my mind as being much, much older. Now I am glad to learn that I was wrong!

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    1. Harper Lee is very much alive! She still lives in Monroeville, Alabama. And you know her connection with Truman Capote, right? Look it up! :-)
      Some even think that he wrote her book but you know I don't believe that for one minute.

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  3. I have never read To Kill a Mockingbird, so I better read that before the new one. Very exciting that another book is being published though. xx

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    1. Oh my yes, read the book! And then, make sure you watch the movie too with Gregory Peck. One of the very few times I can say that the movie did the book justice. It's outstanding.

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  4. Hello Kay,

    This is all so intriguing.

    We shall definitely be obtaining a copy. Harper Lee, together with Truman Capote have always been people of interest And we have often speculated that she was the truly talented writer but he won the publicity.

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    1. Hello Jane and Lance!
      So nice to see your comment here! There has always been much made about the fact that Harper Lee only wrote the one book. Personally, if I could write a book as good as that one, I would be happy with never writing another one either!

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  5. I was surprised that she was still alive. Kudos to her.

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    1. We Southerners are tough old birds!

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  6. Great literary news :) I'm super excited!

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    1. Me too! I thought this was great news.

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  7. Yes, I'm so looking forward to this! What a grand literary event it will be! And thanks for finding the source of her intriguing title -- I was wondering where it came from!

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    1. I felt certain it had to be directly from the Bible. I looked at biblegateway, and it gave me this exact quotation! I guess that is where the title comes from, it is only my guess.

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  8. I have both read the book and seen the film. Enjoyed both tremendously - especially Gregory Peck!!

    How awful - but I thought that Harper Lee was so old that she was dead. How wrong can you be. I am going to start dropping hints about wanting the new book.

    Have you been up Stone Mountain recently? I saw that you had visited Arabia Mountain. Get those boots out and start walking the walk again. x

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    1. Hey Pat!
      Thank you so much for your long email to me and for the wonderful funny card! I LOVE it!! It came to me during a crazy busy week at work and it was like a gift from an angel. (You are not an angel, are you? You are for me!)
      No, Harper Lee is still with us! I think I have read that she lives in an assisted living home and obviously, is getting on in years, but I hope she will be able to enjoy the success of the book this summer.
      Stone Mountain? As they say over there "chance would be a fine thing"!
      We love our mountain, as you know, but what with both of our job schedules AND the weather not being good when we are both off, we haven't been lately.
      Next time I am at Stone Mountain, I will be thinking of you!! xx

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  9. This is great news! Bigger Girl's favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird, and i know i will have to pre-order a copy for her.

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    1. There is so little good news these days, I was happy about this.

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  10. My copy of To Kill A Mockingbird was falling apart from reading it over and over.

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    1. There are very few books of fiction that I truly love-this is one of them.

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  11. At the risk of sounding like I should be chaperoned everywhere I tend to enjoy books and films about children growing up. Once they are adults they don't seem to be so interesting or are concerned with more mundane things like relationships and their own self interests. I enjoyed Cider With Rosie, Laurie Lee, but in the other two adult books where he was grown up he seemed to come across as a calculating and fairly selfish individual. Same thing happened with A child in the Forest by Winifred Foley. As good as Cider with Rosie then the sparkle dims in the adult sequel as the magic fades into the everyday life of grown ups.
    Scout was always my favourite character in the film and I loved the little ham walking through the woods at night for the atmosphere but maybe that's just me :o)
    Mind you, nowadays with a modern mentality to think the worst about single men everywhere Boo Radley would be locked up before he had a chance to be a hero :o) Enjoyed the film Capote as well.

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    1. I loved the kids in this book, and you must know that Scout reminded me so much of myself that I wondered if Harper Lee had ever met me! (And that child actress in the movie? HA! I was just like her, a tomboy and I even had the same haircut!)
      I really love children's books and kiddie movies. I am at peace with this myself.

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  12. I saw this in the news and like lots of people was surprised that she was still alive. I've read the book and seen the movie. It's funny that the new book will feel like a sequel but was written before.

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  13. I'm happy to hear she is still alive. I hope she's well enough to appreciate the fuss her 'other' book' has created. I'm looking forward to it.

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  14. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard this the other day. Two million copies will be gone within the first few hours if not sooner, I imagine. Double Yay!

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