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This Bookstore Is Offering Refunds For Go Set A Watchman

If you dislike the new Harper Lee novel, Go Set A Watchman, and you happened to purchase the novel from Brilliant Books in Traverse City, Michigan…well, you’re in luck.

This independent bookshop is offering refunds to its readers, claiming the novel has been advertised as a “nice summer novel” instead of an “academic insight.”

“It is disappointing and frankly shameful to see our noble industry parade and celebrate this as ‘Harper Lee’s New Novel’,” Brilliant Books said on its website. “This is pure exploitation of both literary fans and a beloved American classic (which we hope has not been irrevocably tainted). We therefore encourage you to view Go Set a Watchman with intellectual curiosity and careful consideration; a rough beginning for a classic, but only that.”

That’s a noble gesture, for sure, but I don’t understand how someone could buy this novel without at least understanding a small bit about what’s to come.

There’s tons of information out there about Go Set A Watchman and how it came to be published. How could someone honestly view this novel as a “sequel?”

The book is a #1 bestseller but, overall, the reviews have been mixed. The New York Times called it “lumpy tale,” but novelist Ursula Le Guin praised the book on her blog: “I’m glad, now, that Watchman was published. It hasn’t done any harm to the old woman, and I hope it’s given her pleasure.”

I’ll be reviewing Go Set A Watchman next week.

More about the bookstore refund here. 

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  1. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

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    August 5, 2015
  2. spritzyclover #

    I guess it makes some sort of sense. Nobody really keeps up to date with the facts–particularly when it surrounds a piece of literature. I think younger folks or those very, well, ermm, impressionable folks will particularly become confused.
    However, I have not purchased the book myself, yet. Is there anything to tell the reader that it is most certainly *NOT* a sequel, and tells the reader of the actual history of Go Set a Watchman, and the circumstances for which it is being published? A short tagline at the beginning?

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    August 5, 2015
  3. Never heard of anything like this before!! Go brilliant books!

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    August 5, 2015
  4. Brilliant Books is a fantastic bookstore! The staff, selection, setting, everything is great about this bookstore. If you’re ever in Traverse City, I highly suggest a visit.

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    August 5, 2015
  5. And this is why I will always love Traverse City. That, and their cherries. And their lake view. And their cultural scene. And their wine–lots and lots of wine.

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    August 5, 2015
  6. There’s been SO MUCH DISCUSSION around this book- if someone bought it expecting it to be a sequel and anything more than a first draft, that’s their own fault. It’s horrible how much Lee has been abused over this… it’s a rough first draft, what first draft is perfect? None!

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    August 6, 2015
    • Exactly. Lee shouldn’t be abused…but possibly her publisher for choosing to publish this. All they see is the dollars.

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      August 7, 2015
  7. Caveat emptor surely.

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    August 6, 2015
  8. Merci, Robert

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    August 6, 2015
  9. Reblogged this on STICK TO THE RULES.

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    August 6, 2015
  10. oh this makes me so sad! I loved To Kill a Mockingbird… I thought Watchmen was a sequel. I haven’t bought it…yet. and I probably will, okay I definitely will, just because I’m horribly loyal. maybe I’ll just wait a little while before I give it a read. Bummer.

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    August 9, 2015
  11. You should NEVER give a book back!

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    August 26, 2015

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