Oh my goodness! Was anyone else super excited to hear that Harper Lee had published another novel? What's better is that Go Set A Watchman is a sequel to the known and loved To Kill A Mockingbird. Scout has grown up and is visiting her home town of Maycomb, Alabama having lived in New York for some time. The young woman is baffled by her discovery and slowly comes to realize that she has out-grown seeing the world through the eyes of the adults that she believed to trust and to know as a child. Go Set A Watchman follows Scout as she sets her own watchman to her ideals, beliefs and views of the Negroes of Maycomb. Listen to my honest review of Scout's interesting journey.
Four reasons why you should read
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee:
Reason #1: Great Sequel
Go Set A Watchman is a great sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird. Not simply another book written by Harper Lee but a continuation of the beloved story that you most likely read as a child. The characters are familiar and not random.
Reason #2: Different Perspective
Being able to walk in someone else's shoes can make us more human. The book illustrates the perspective of what a supposed racist white man looks like to his daughter. A very interesting viewpoint.
Reason #3: Time Travel
Who doesn't like to go back in time? Go Set A Watchman takes you to a slower time period when people sat on their porch and sipped their sweet tea and spoke of propriety and southern hospitality.
Reason #4: Nostalgic Read
For those who read To Kill A Mockingbird as a child, like I did, Go Set A Watchman will be a nostalgic read. I read To Kill A Mockingbird as a child and was basically the same age as Scout. Now I get to grow up with Scout in Lee's sequel and see things through her eyes once again.
I discovered Go Set A Watchman in The Wallstreet Journal and quickly preordered my copy and expressed my excitement in a post in the Series called Long Live Paper entitled 'Scout Is Grown. According to Harper Lee'.
God's name was cited three times in this book. I think it's really neat because God's name is hard to come by these days and is removed in places where it really should be found (i.e. The Original Hebrew and Greek Scriptures). To find it in Go Set A Watchman was exciting for me! The first occurrence is on page 30 ¶5. The other two, well, you'll have to play hide and seek because I forgot on which pages they appear.
This book must occupy a special spot on your bookshelf. It will transcend time, I'm sure, just like its predated counterpart and will become a classic that will teach the new generation to think for themselves and to hopefully not choose a closed mind. Go Set A Watchman is a great read.
Do you believe that Atticus Finch was portrayed negatively
in Go Set A Watchman? Why/Why Not?