Book Review – Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee)


I’ve scooted along and finished Go Set a Watchman.

Jean Louise Finch is now a New Yorker and returns to Maycomb to visit her father Atticus. A chance viewing of her father at a place she never dreamed of seeing him, we see a side to Atticus Finch that wasn’t expanded upon in To Kill a Mockingbird. Jean Louise as a 26 year old however, still has her ideals that were instilled at a young age by her father. This sudden disharmony between the beliefs and values of father and daughter cause Jean Louise to question her childhood upbringing and what is right vs. wrong in her South state, Alabama.

Although I think To Kill a Mockingbird was a more riveting read by Harper Lee, this was an enjoyable book and one that follows along nicely. It gives us background into events after the trial that took place in the first novel; and insight into current relationships that Jean Louise holds with those close to her – Atticus, Hank and Aunt Alexandra – as well as favourites from To Kill a Mockingbird – Jem, Dill and Calpurnia.

Recommended to all fans of To Kill a Mockingbird!

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