Thursday, 22 September 2016

Go Set a Watchmen By Harper Lee

Posted by Lesley Sackett Winfield

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.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. It’s novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision evocative of another era and relevant to our own times, and is sure to be another American classic.

As for my opinion, I feel the book was an interesting social commentary on the views of African American people in the South during the civil rights movement. It matched the style of To Kill A Mockingbird, and I think it would be a great book club read. There was a lot of character development in this book, the language was superb, but nothing really happens and nothing really changes. By the end, you have the idea that the main character understands her role in the broader society, but I was left saying… so what. The caveat is that I typically read for plot and action based stories. I need something to "happen" in a story to enjoy it. Readers that love character development, stories set in that time period, and literary fiction in general will love this title.