“Every man’s island, Jean Louise, every man’s watchman, is his conscience. There is no such thing as a collective conscious.” ~Dr. Finch (in Harper Lee’s novel, Go Set A Watchman)
It has been quite a while since I blogged about a book review. Busy holiday schedules and family affairs have kept me from one of my favorite loves: reading. In this book review, I will be reviewing our Books & Broads Book Club choice for January: Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman.
Harper Lee is best known from her novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird”, and some of the beloved characters in the novel are also in this novel as well. Go Set A Watchman is about Scout, AKA Jean Louise, when she is coming of age and really seeing the world through her own eyes instead of the eye’s of her father, Atticus Finch.
I have always found Harper Lee an easy read and this book is no different. When reading this book, I must warn you, Dear Bloggites, that there are some parts in the book where you have to have a thick skin in order to read through the bigotry sections. Fortunately, there are not many parts that emphasize the segregation during the era of the book. Most of the book is about how Jean Louise, AKA Scout, learns some harsh truths about life in her hometown after being gone for many years.
Harper Lee’s writing style provides a lot of historical information in this book and allows us to feel the turmoil that Jean Louise goes through as all that she ever believed in is now challenged and destroyed. She begins to truly see her father as a man with flaws and not this god-like entity she had grown up believing.
The feelings throughout the book toggles between a strong, heady atmosphere to a light, playful atmosphere. When Jean Louise is struggling with something, the author does a good job of creating that sense of heady feelings, however, when Jean Louise is interacting with some people, the author created the fun, playful feelings as you read along.
Go Set A Watchman lacks the depth of character strength as you read in “To Kill A Mockingbird”, but I think it is because this novel was technically the first novel Harper Lee ever wrote, even though the main character is older.
I give Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee 3 out of 5 Bookmarks, Dear Bloggites. Happy Reading!