Go Set a Watchman

When Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee was released in July, I knew many who said they would not read the novel.  As a much revered and beloved character in literature, their fear was that this new novel might destroy their romantic impression of Atticus Finch.  Despite the mixed and polarizedharperlee reviews, I pressed on to read the novel.  I found it to be a step short of powerful,  yet forthcoming commentary on desegregation in the south in the 1950s.

Did I enjoy reading the novel?  Actually, I read the book and listened to the audiobook, which was skillfully read by actress Reese Witherspoon.  And yes, I found the book to be a worthwhile read.  Did the novel change my impression of Atticus Finch?  Yes, but not in the way you might think.  To Kill a Mockingbird left the reader with the impression that Atticus was a person with values to which one should aspire. Go Set a Watchman reminds us that Atticus is human, and sometimes things are not always as they seem.

Regardless of whether Go Set a Watchman is a prequel or a sequel, it was well worth the read to gain my own point of view of one of the most controversial novels of the decade.

 

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