Go Set a Watchman — Harper Lee

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There has been loads of publicity surrounding the release of Go Set a Watchman, the draft that was written before To Kill a Mockingbird – which we know to be one of the important novels of the twentieth century. Disregarding questions about whether or not it should have been published at all, the book does serve to provide more context to the original story.

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There has been loads of publicity surrounding the release of Go Set a Watchman, the draft that was written before To Kill a Mockingbird – which we know to be one of the important novels of the twentieth century. Disregarding questions about whether or not it should have been published at all, the book does serve to provide more context to the original story. Jean Louise Finch is now 26 years old and visits her father. She discovers that both her father and her childhood sweetheart are not in fact the champions of civil rights she thought them to be. This painful realisation causes her to question and reconsider her own values, and reminisce about her childhood experiences. The book lacks the power of To Kill a Mockingbird, maybe because it was only ever a draft; however, it’s worth reading from a contextual and nostalgic point of view, and the beautifully succinct writing style and gentle irony that is hallmark Harper Lee.

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