Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee


A wonderful new novel from one of America's bestselling authors. Exploring the tensions between a local culture and a changing national political agenda; family arguments and love: an instant classic. Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

My take: 3 looks

After all of the hullaballoo over this book, I found it to be a nice and easy read. While I don't think it is destined to be a classic like the summary states, I also didn't find my vision of Atticus Finch diminished to a racist hate-monger.

Without giving any spoilers, I will say that it is an interesting look at a few days in the adult life of Jean Louise (Scout). We are introduced to Henry, Uncle Jack, and Aunty Alexandra. This book deals primarily with Jean Louise visiting her family and seeing them for perhaps the first time through adult eyes as opposed to the eyes of an adolescent.

And that is all this is. It is not ground breaking. It is not earth shattering. It is not going to set the literary love of Harper Lee on its ear. It is worth a read simply because of the author, but prepare to not have your socks knocked off.

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