Thursday, August 27, 2015

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

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Go Set a Watchman
by
Harper Lee

Harper
2015
Pages 288

From the back cover:

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 MockingbirdGo Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one's own 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.
My Thoughts:
Go Set a Watchman was not really what I expected.  I truly enjoyed  To Kill a Mockingbird with Scout, Jem, and Atticus and I had hoped that this novel would be an extension of that story.   Go Set a Watchman finds Atticus a member of the "good ole boys" city council and a follower of KKK activities.   I had believed that Atticus was a man of virtue and dignity but in this newest book, he is just a perpetrator of the southern racist stereotype who will do anything to preserve the "southern" way of life.  Scout also learns that her boyfriend is also a member of the men's group.


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