Comments: 9
Haven't heard of this one...
BrokenTune 6 years ago
I wish I hadn't either.
My friends' reviews have been all over the place on this one. (I don't intend to read it, myself.)
BrokenTune 6 years ago
Is there any particular aspect you're interested in?
Darth Pedant 6 years ago
I'm mainly interested in seeing what Harper Lee's writing looks like unedited. (This supposedly only got a copy edit and no structural changes were made.)

I'm fascinated by the intricacies of the whole publishing process, and this is a unique chance to see the rejected manuscript that led to an international bestseller. This is essentially Harper Lee's very first manuscript that should by rights have languished in a drawer for all eternity, and I get to read it in all its awful glory. (And so far, at 60 pages in, it's pretty awful.)
BrokenTune 6 years ago
If she actually wrote all of this....I'm sure you'll see what I mean. To me the text seemed a bit of a patchwork - with at least two different styles of narration. I'll be interested to hear what you make of it. I know you said you won't write a review, but I'd be really interested.
Darth Pedant 6 years ago
I have noticed that, especially in dialog-heavy sections where the tone shifts significantly and suddenly I feel like I'm in a lost chapter of Breakfast at Tiffany's. The old Truman Capote rumors don't seem all that far-fetched now.
BrokenTune 6 years ago
Curios. I got a romance-fan-fiction vibe off of some of the chapters, an TKAM vibe off of other sections (especially the later ones) but not a Truman vibe. Interesting. Will you keep posting updates? I'm truly intrigued.
Darth Pedant 6 years ago
Bear in mind I read Breakfast at Tiffany's and TKAM years ago and I'm only 60-ish pages into GSAW and the similarities might only exist in my head due to faulty memory and/or not a solid enough grasp yet on this book as a whole.

That said, I got a Capote vibe from chapter 4 (Jean's first night out with Hank), followed by a TKAM vibe from chapter 5 (childhood flashback), and a sort of jumbled "what the heck am I reading" vibe from the previous chapters. If we assume Lee DID write all of it, the patchwork fan fiction vibe might be the result of her imitating other writers she admired and simply not knowing how to bring it all together. The stuff that feels pure TKAM is what her editor honed in on as the best bits that should be expanded upon. It makes sense in that light, but I'm conjecturing like a madwoman here.

I hadn't planned on more than a final update when I finished, but I'm totally open to discussion.