Book Review : Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Genre : Fiction, Classic
Page : 278 pages
Published : 14th July 2015


From Harper Lee comes a landmark new 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 a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past–a journey that can be guided only by one’s 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.


I can’t even explain how excited I am for this book. I love the first edition so much and I bought the second book without even reading the summary. So, what do I think of this book?

The first chapter has drew me in and I can’t help but feel excited with every pages I turn. The read started off easy, relaxing and shocking. The book present to me the biggest twist of all time. The shocking part is to know the twist had already happened when I was in first few chapters. Still, the story is very enjoyable and amusing to read.

What I love about this book is they show us the word reality in life. Nothing will stay the same. Everything changes. This book depicted the story really well and I love the flow of the story which doesn’t seem to rush. However, I personally think Jean’s stubbornness might went too far for my liking. It just don’t seem natural in the story even though I understand the desperation happening in her life and the situations she is facing. Don’t worry though, she is still lovable.

As far as I love this book, it is undeniable that I am confused on some specific parts of the book. I don’t understand why but I get hard times understanding some of its context. Overall, I love this book even though I feel quite disappointed because the story is not as good as the first. My favourite part is there are many heartfelt messages in the book and it was all true. Besides, this book will keep you reading again and again for you can’t wait to know the ending.

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