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Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

I took great pleasure in re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird, which I first discovered at school in the days before Gregory Peck and his Oscar winning performance on film. The wonder of reading it this second time was being able to see Gregory Peck playing Atticus. Go Set A Watchman is set 20 years later and finds Scout (now Jean Louise Finch) living in NYC but visiting her father in Maycombe. This is a powerful and thought proving novel and graphically describes Alabama on the brink of civil rights turmoil. Jean Louise (Scout) feels utterly let down by her father who she believes has become racist. Atticus argues that he is joining in the debates of the white supremacists so that he understands both sides.
It’s a bygone era, but such an important one and Harper Lee shows immense talent in describing the times as they were a-changing.
The childhood innocence of Mocking Bird has gone, although we are privileged to reminisce with Jean Louise as she daydreams of her childhood with Jem and Dill (although not ONE mention of Boo Radley!) but, this is the A brilliant work and if you get the chance … read it!

2 thoughts on “Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I adore To Kill a Mockingbird so I’m quite wary to pick up Go Set a Watchman, but I may be giving it a try!

    1. BeBookSmart. Do so, it’s very different, but remember twenty years later the world (and Alabama) was very different. My question is why has Harper Lee not written more, she has a gift?
      Did you ever see the film? You may be too young to remember Gregory Peck, but early in the book Harper a Lee describes Atticus.
      An absolute dead ringer. Uncanny!

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