GO SET A WATCHMAN

The writing process is a journey within a writing journey. Excellent points here about To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman!

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To All Who Plan to Read or Have Read “Go Set a Watchman”:

Cynthia and Howie comparing copies of Cynthia and Howie compare “Go Set a Watchman” with “To Kill a Mockingbird”
photo by Lynn Christoffers

“Go Set a Watchman” was Harper Lee’s first book, and first books are usually unpublishable, as was “Watchman.”  While it has brilliant writing in patches, it has inconsistencies, improbable passages, repetitions, unnecessary divergences, too much back story, ramblings, boring passages, too much overwriting, and almost every error a new writer can make.

Tay Hohoff, an editor at Lippincott, saw promise in the work, saying the “spark of the true writer flashed in every line.”  She urged Harper Lee to scrap “Watchman” and start all over, write a new book with an entirely different story.  Hohoff saw Scout’s young voice, one of several back stories in “Watchman,” as the potential for a great book once it was rewritten, and, of course…

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2 thoughts on “GO SET A WATCHMAN

  1. My initial reaction to the first review I read was not to read Go Set A Watchman. Later reviews mellowed me. My forty-five year old son loved the book – especially Scout as a young woman. It’s in my Kindle and I’ll read it with all this in mind. Thanks for your very interesting post. 🙂

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    1. I am reading Go Set a Watchman now. It is worth reading and seeing the progression of what was to what it became. That review reflects my attitude completely. It is worth the read. I understand the whole dynamic better now. ❤

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