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GO SET A WATCHMAN, better off lost?

I've just finished reading Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, the we-don't-know-what-to-call-it (prequel, sequel,...) of our beloved To Kill a Mockingbird. After realising that Go Set A Watchman was written before To Kill a Mockingbird, maybe the best description is to say that it was a draft that, ten years later and with a change of perspective, turned out to be the Pulitzer-winning book we are so fond of. 
I don't really know what to make of it. On the one hand, it has been a literary trauma. On the other one, it makes you aware that life is complex and human beings are even more complex. If you decide to tackle it, first, be ready for some shocking revelations, Second, bear in mind it is only the draft of a beginner writer, in fact, just the seed for To Kill a Mockingbird, not a prequel or sequel or even a separate novel. And third, please do some research about the place and time, the Confederate States vs. the Yankees, etc. so that, at least, you can use some sense in u…