11 February, 2016

Go set a watchman by Harper Lee

Originally written a few years before the international bestseller To kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s recently published book Go set a watchman centers around an adult Jean Louise (Scout) and her visit back to her hometown, Maycomb. 

The passing of time is shown clearly with the death of her brother Jem, her father Atticus now suffering from arthritis, and the introduction of a new main character Henry Clinton. However, some aspects have not changed: the relationship between Jean Louise and her Aunt Alexandra is still as intriguing as ever and despite the Tom Robinson case being many years ago, racism is still very much prevalent. 

Go Set a Watchman is about a young woman struggling to find her own beliefs in a society where everybody seems to be constantly pushing against her. Lee once again captures the setting of a Southern town in the 1950s flawlessly and while in her previous novel, we saw a young child quietly observing the scenes, we now witness her confronting her loved ones and finally becoming her own being.

I enjoyed reading this book and finding some closure on what happened to the lovable Finch children. It was even more entertaining to read the many references to Lee’s earlier book through the many childhood flashbacks Jean Louise has throughout the novel. I highly recommend this novel and hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

Author: Harper Lee

Also available in large print and audiobook (CD)

Recommended by Honour Z, Northcote Library

Honour Z works at Northcote Library. She loves reading biographies and nonfiction in general.

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