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Go Set a Watchman: Harper Lee's sensational lost novel Kindle Edition
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Now available in a gorgeous, limited leatherbound edition, Harper Lee's landmark #1 New York Times bestselling 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 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.--Buffalo News --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 2050 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 293 pages
- Publisher : Cornerstone Digital (14 July 2015)
- ASIN : B00T4X9KO6
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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TKAM is a 5/5 book, GSAW is a close but not quite there 4/5 for me. Some aspects of the book and the writing are a bit plodding and rambling so I felt I needed to trudge through these (thankfully short and few) parts. Some of the references of that time went over my head and not being well informed of that part of American history, the Constitution or their Civil War certainly didn't help with these parts.
The parts of this book that sang and were magic for me were the flashbacks to Scouts mischievous childhood with adored Jem and beloved Dill. It was like being encased is a warm hug by an old friend. Familiar. Comfortable. Comforting. And oh so delicious and delightful!
As with TKAM there is a knockout message. One that was very pertinent then and remains so today. Harper Lee is skilful in relaying these messages without the reader feeling like it's being rammed down their throats or whumped over the head. Scout lives and breathes her courage and convictions and we could all learn a lot from this character.
I loved this book. It will be reread every year from now on in conjunction with my annual TKAM revisit. Enjoy!
Brother Jem was hardly mentioned. I got very little sense of anyone grieving for him. I also didn't get any sense of what Scout (now known by her birth name of Jean Louise) was actually doing in NY, and her relationship with Hank just didn't come across realistically for me. He just hangs around Maycomb faithfully waiting for her to get the train down from NY every so often?
I found some of its core values offensive, to be honest, Also offensive is Jean Louise's uncle whacking her hard across the face. Twice.
It's not a book I would rush to read again.
Spoiler alert: Some early reviewers complained that their hero Atticus is revealed as a racist. I don't think that that is entirely true, for while Atticus does speak of race, and does worry about the implications of a vote where the majority will come from an ill-educated black background, what he wants is a gradual incorporation of the negroes into the polity as they become more educated. And if he goes to hear a racist speak, it is on the grounds of toleration, and to 'know thy enemy'. Scout at least comes to accept this point of view, and I think Lee puts it forward as an open question, for us to think about. I suspect that Lee was thinking hard about the value of gentility she attributes to Atticus, aware of their virtues and also of the ways in which they did not cohere with northern liberal values. And I don't want to exonerate Atticus entirely, for many of us will think that he and his kind had an obligation to help black culture develop, rather than merely waiting for it to happen. What we should avoid is easy judgement.
Maybe there is another Pulitzer Prize here waiting to be claimed.
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The book "starts" half way through; its main themes are hidden until then. I found myself ploughing through reams of filler/scene-setting hoping that something would happen. Perhaps I am a spoilt modern reader, but this was published in 2015.
Eventually things pick up, and almost make up for the dull opening 50% (Kindle). As a middle/young adult reader I found it compelling and evocative, with many hot contemporary themes packed in there – not surprising in an old setting in that part of the world. Despite that, this was a chore to read and I would have preferred an abridged version. The first half of the book, and many characters and anecdotes could be omitted. It's hard as a reader to know what's safe to skip.
One positive I've taken from it being so frustrating is that's made it thought provoking, trying to get mileage out of good things. I've been thinking about it for longer than usual after putting it down. There are a number of hot themes packed into the interesting pages. Not only race. I just wish it'd been shorter. It would have been perfect for the Penguin Modern Classics series. If they edited it.
Nothing much happens in the story but it is none the less a fascinating read with believable characters, especially wonderful outspoken Uncle Jack. I would recommend this book to anyone who has tired of chick lit and wants to read something really absorbing.
Certainly "Go Set A Watchman" is not an easy read, although I found it a compelling one. It amounts to an emotional coming of age. Jean Louise Finch returns to her birthplace, Maycombe in Alabama from New York where she now lives. She discovers that the main person in her life, her father Atticus, whom she had idolised has views on black people that she now finds repugnant. She now finds the whole atmosphere of Maycombe parochial, small minded and hypocritical and she is ready to explode.
Some critics seem to feel that the novel ruins the image that they had felt the characters possessed in "To Kill A Mockingbird". I feel that the whereas the 1930's are viewed from the standpoint of a child, in black and white, the 1950's are viewed from the point of view of a woman of 26 in a far more nuanced way. I enjoyed the stream of consciousness mode in which Jean Louise's thoughts are written although it makes the novel quite hard to read at times. I was left wondering what a third novel set in 1965 might have told us about the characters in Maycombe. I certainly feel that this novel is a good read and I am glad that it was published, belatedly.