Friday, July 24, 2015

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set a WatchmanGo Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There are a few passages in this book that are taken verbatim from Mockingbird. It's like listening to an old relative talk who tells the same story every time you see them. It's my impression that this was an alternate tale to Mockingbird, not necessarily meant to be a sequel. This must be the case as the trial depicted in Mockingbird has a different outcome in this book. This being the case, I think Mockingbird was the correct version to be chosen for publication and this could well have stayed stuck in a safe. Also, the shock over Atticus's behavior wouldn't have been as great if this were the book initially chosen, so this one doesn't work as well without the other. I don't think this book was really great but it was not horrible. Where Mockingbird relied on events to propel the story, this one is mainly driven by Scout's thoughts and inner turmoil. It's a much more interior story.

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