Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Go Set A Watchman
Author: 
Harper Lee
Series Name: To Kill A Mockingbird
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: July 14th, 2015
Pages: 278 (Paperback)
Publishers: Arrow Books
Rating:
3 and a half star

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Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

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I like this book cover, it’s simple and matches the first book in the series. I also like the other cover, It’s the cover in my header image, it is also simple and nice. I also like that it represents this book more than just linking back to To Kill A Mockingbird like the edition I own does.

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I don’t enjoy the writing in this book as much as I did To Kill A Mockingbird. This story was more difficult to understand than the first book as well. I still don’t fully understand the point of this book because I just didn’t understand it. I think it has a lot to do with the POV it was written from. In To Kill A Mockingbird it was written from a young girl POV and it was simple to understand and because she was a child the characters in the book explained things to her in a way that was easy to understand as well. Whereas in this book she is in her late 20s I believe and when characters were explaining things to her I just got lost. Especially in the end when she went to visit Uncle Jack and he was trying to tell her stuff, I just didn’t follow a lot of the time. There is also still that slang, that I simple don’t know the meaning of.

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There wasn’t much of a plot really to this book, she basically just came home, found out things and had an argument. That is all there was to this book and I just feel underwhelmed by it. I get that this book is meant to show personal and political problems and how she deals with it, but because a lot of the time I was confused as to what the other characters were on about, so that portion of the book just wasn’t that clear for me.

I did like the memories that were thrown in from the part in her life that we missed in the 20 years between To Kill a Mockingbird & Go Set A Watchman.

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Honestly all the characters felt the same that came back, which included Atticus, Alexandra & Jean Louise. Uncle Jack was an interesting character, he was one that I didn’t understand half the time though, but he was still interesting. Hank/Henry I felt was kinda thrown in there as he wasn’t mentioned in To Kill A Mockingbird that I remember. It’s probably because I’m used to reading books that only have a couples days, months or a year between the first and second, but this one is 20 years later and alot was missed. And in this one he just kinda appeared and was a big part in Jean Louise’s life, but it just kinda felt fake and pushed.

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I didn’t love this book. It’s that simple. It was mostly because i was confused and if I understood it more then I probably would have been more enjoyable! In my opinion I think that To Kill a Mockingbird should have just stayed as a standalone.


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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: To Kill A Mockingbird
Author: 
Harper Lee
Series Name: To Kill A Mockingbird
Genre: Historical & Classic
Publication Date: July 11th, 1960
Pages: 307 (Paperback)
Publishers: Vintage Classics (Penguin Random House)
Rating:
4 and a half Star

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‘Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird.’ Atticus Finch gives this advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this classic novel – a black man charged with attacking a white girl. Through the eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Lee explores the issues of race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s with compassion and humor. She also creates one of the great heroes of literature in their father, whose lone struggle for justice pricks the conscience of a town steeped in prejudice and hypocrisy.

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So this is my second time starting this book, but only my first time finishing the whole thing. I had to read this book during school, I don’t remember what grade it was but most of it we read along together, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t finish it as when it gets to the scene of Aunt Alexandra having the ladies over for tea and cake, I don’t remember it or anything further on. I think we also watched the movie but I honestly remember nothing about it either.

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There is literally hundreds of covers for this book but the one I have is the nicest I think. I love the flowers and the red bird, I also like the font. Also, I don’t know how to explain this as I don’t know if there is an actual name for it but the edition that I have has that second cover kinda. The front cover is a little thinner than the book and there is another cardboard cover underneath that is the same width as the book, so it just peeks through on the side. If that has a name, please let me know! And that cover underneath is gorgeous too and it has the quote ‘Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird.’

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Harper Lee writing is easy to follow. Sometimes I didn’t understand words or phrases but they were slang and obviously something that was relevant to the time period, but I just don’t know what they mean. But I could continue on easily without being completely confused! I loved how Lee made it read exactly like a young girl had written it! It was very well done.

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Well I don’t go into much detailed as I’m pretty sure most people know what this book is about… So this book shows Race & Class in the 1930s and I thoroughly enjoyed the plot! It was very well done! It was funny, it was sad, it was intriguing, it was honest and I loved it.

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So we have Jem & Scout who are our main characters. Jem is the older brother to Scout, he is an interesting character and has some deep thoughts for a however old exactly he is. Same with Scout, she is fun and interesting and also very thoughtful! Scout also reminds me of myself, you will never see me in a dress excluding my formal dress haha! Then we have Atticus, Jem and Scouts Father, he is a very well done character and will do what’s right no matter what! Aunt Alexandra is a bit bossy and Scout doesn’t really get along with her because Alexandra is always trying to force Scout to act like a lady. Dill is an interesting character and especially during the hearing it really shows that he is compassionate and has similar views to Jem. Miss Maudie is a cool character too, she is very calculated and never says something unless it has to be said. Arthur Radley is a character no one understands, including myself haha and is a curiosity for the children.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it has amazing characters and a very good message! It shows the honest truth of race and class in the 1930s and I 100% agree that it should be in the school system.


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