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Book Review | Go Set A Watchman (To Kill A Mockingbird #2)

Title: Go Set A Watchman

Author: Harper Lee

Genre: Classics

Page Count: 278 pages

Synopsis 

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch – ‘Scout’ – returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past – a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision – a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic.

 

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Reading Go Set A Watchman was like stepping back in time. All the To Kill A Mockingbird feels came back and I happened to absolutely whiz through the book. It was educational and eye opening and relateable. It was timeless

You learn a lot more about Maycomb and its people through twenty-six year old Jean Louise than you do through six year old Scout Finch. The history lessons in how Maycomb came to be and the crucial role the Finches play was very interesting

Another very amusing aspect of the story was obviously stories from Jean-Louise’s adolescence, I feel like it lightened up the mood when things got too heavy or too political.

Speaking of politics, the context of the society that Go Set A Watchman is set in is represented SO WELL. From people’s opinions to their experiences and it was very interesting how you get to read the White people’s opinions (I’m sorry not being racist okay) on the whole civil rights situation. I haven’t read much from their point of view so that was intriguing.

In saying that though, the book also does a great job of providing balancing opinions from both sides whether it be through Scout or Atticus.

I have to say though, it was difficult to follow along sometimes because of all these American references and I’m obviously from Australia and I don’t really now all that much about American history to be honest.

Go Set A Watchman does a great job of re visiting all the characters from To Kill A Mockingbird and establishing where they are now. The dialogue throughout the book is absolutely spot on (I mean it’s Harper Lee) . Scout’s voice is so distinct and the overall prose just seems to flow well (I mean it’s Harper Lee)

But the book leaves you with some great overall messages some of them being to stand your ground, being aware of your individuality and remembering that everyone is human (even Atticus Finch)

Rating

5

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Book news

5 Iconic To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes

If you’re not a smart cookie and you haven’t figured out why I’m doing this post today then well let me enlighten you.

It’s Happy Release Day to Go Set a Watchman (To Kill A Mockingbird #2)

This book has been such a long time coming and from the moment I finished TKAM I’ve always wondered what kind of woman Scout Finch grew up to be. Well, now I can find out!

But in honour of Go Set A Watchman being released today I decided to reminisce my favourite quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird and sort of discuss what they mean to me I guess.

Quote #1

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

Atticus Finch is such a wise old man. I mean empathy people, I’m not very good at it either but empathy and being considerate is so important

Quote #2 

Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

I decided to include this one because Go Set A Watchman seems to be based on the idea of living with your conscience (still trying to figure out what that exactly means)

Quote #3

 Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

I’ve always been a big believer in seeing things through to the end, partly the reason I ALWAYS ALWAYS finish books but that’s hardly courageous I guess

Quote #4

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

This is one of the most beautifullest quotes! I always feel like this is referring to the “innocent ones” especially in the context of the book and how it’s a crime to kill people who didn’t cause any harm to society in the first place.

Quote #5

 Hey Boo.

How can book readers forget this one. I feel like out of all the quotes mentioned today this is the most iconic one (at least for me). Just the pure joy you get when Scout finally finally gets to see Boo

Those are some of my favourite To Kill A Mockingbird quotes! I hope you enjoyed this tribute post and if you haven’t already go read both the books NOW!

What are some of your favourite quotes?

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