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Go Set a Watchman
Go Set a Watchman
Author: Harper Lee
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 he...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780062409850
ISBN-10: 0062409859
Publication Date: 7/14/2015
Pages: 278
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 142 ratings
Publisher: Harper
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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reviewed Go Set a Watchman on + 110 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I see why "To Kill a Mockingbird" had to be published first. ALL of the characters and events would not be as effective if we hadn't have Scout, Jem, Calpurnia, and Atticus for the past 50 years - in both movie and book forms.

This was Scout growing up to be Jean Louise - all in the matter of a few days. If __I__ had not read (and eventually saw) Mockingbird before reading Watchman, I could not appreciate the growth she undergoes - at all. If Atticus was not so definitively set as the solo bastion, I could not enjoy meeting his brother and sisters (yes, there are more Finch's in Maycomb County!) as much.

The title IS the meaning of the book. You should read it and watch Scout grow understand WHY she needed to 'Go Set a Watchman' - finally.


PS. This is one of my rare five star ratings. I'm gonna have to wait a few months and see if I keep this opinion after enough time has passed.
loregess avatar reviewed Go Set a Watchman on + 175 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
What the heck, Scout? You stand your ground almost until the very end, not caring whether you alienate your family because dang it, you have ethical morals and you will defend them to the end almost. Then your uncle slaps you across the face and pours some liquor down your throat, and all of a sudden you concede and are okay with the way things are. Tsk tsk, young lady. This book does not hold a candle to To Kill a Mockingbird, and fortunately for fans of the great classic, it does not take anything away from it either. In fact fans of TKAM may end up loving the classic even more!
ChezGery avatar reviewed Go Set a Watchman on + 73 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Harper Lee did a fantastic novel that takes you back to the 'good o'l days post segregation in the south,however,the laws may have changed the mind set in many hasn't.A good interior look at those who struggle on holding on to the past in a an evolving society.The books introspect is about change and how those effected by it can change or cling to the past and at the same time attempt to move ahead in a way that maintains their dignity and moral conscience.The language and racial slurs may upset many,However,remember the honesty of the time setting and references of the period and you will understand it couldn't have been done otherwise without sacrificing the honesty of history of the past.You will be in lighted by reading this book for young and old alike.And if older you will remember back and then wonder if we have 'really' moved ahead or just found out a way to be socially correct.
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Helpful Score: 1
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crzyquilter avatar reviewed Go Set a Watchman on + 18 more book reviews
I was rather disappointed in this book. It took a long time to get into it. I almost gave up, but kept on just because of the author's history. There wasn't really a distinguishable "conflict" until very late in the book. I thought it was just going to be a lame love story. Didn't turn out to be that at all. After the beginning drag the ending was rushed.


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