Book Review: Go Set A Watchman
Go Set A Watchman
I was ecstatic when I heard the news that Harper Lee was going to publish the sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird.
It took me nearly a week, even though it is not a long book, but I managed to read the book in its entirety.
Watchman is NOT an easy book to read. It does not catch and keep your attention from the very first word but I’m glad I persevered because there are some strong messages in there which are just as true today as they were when the story was first written.
Watchman is the story of the coming of age of Jean Louise (Scout) Finch. She’s been off living in her own little world way up there in New York where the worries of the small town South don’t much touch her except during her yearly two week vacation when she goes back home to Maycomb, Alabama.
I have never had to stop my reading to look up the definition of a word so much as I did for this one.
I have mixed feelings about Watchman. As I said above it is not an easy read, nor is it long, but it is tedious; especially in the first two thirds of the book. Things pick up in the last five or six chapters.
In some ways Watchman reminds me of the book Coming Of Age In Mississippi, only from a different perspective.
I recommend rereading Mockingbird before attempting Watchman though. I should have since I haven’t read it in 30 years?