REVIEW: ‘Go Set a Watchman’ By Harper Lee

“For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.”  – Isaiah 21:6

Perhaps THE most eagerly anticipated second publication by a Novelist in living memory.

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‘Go Set a Watchman’ published decades after Harper Lee’s Tour De Force ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ this novel reads as a sequel. However, it was written prior to To Kill a Mockingbird.

It is now believed by most literary scholars that this is actually a first draft for To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Logistics and time frame of this work are immaterial. It is another stunning piece of reflective fiction.

Set in the 1950’s, we catch back up with Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch. The novel begins with the annual return of Scout Finch to Maycomb, Alabama from the life she now leads in New York.

Within a few chapters you discover major events that would have utterly devastated lives in this novels predecessor but in this, are almost nonchalantly mentioned.

Focusing more on the relationship between Scout and her formidable, often admirable father Atticus Finch, you delve in to the unfathomable dynamics of a Father, Daughter relationship. 

Unsurprisingly though Lee has tackled the issues of race and social equality once again. Posing questions with complicated answers that can change and develop your views on some of literatures most loved characters.

 

This Is another work to be not merely consumed but truly devoured. Lessons to be learned. Metaphors to ponder. Hearts to break. Praise to be dutifully given.

 

9/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

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