On The Back:
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 her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past – a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience.
On a whim I was out shopping last Tuesday and I decided to got to Barnes & Noble, as soon as I walked in I saw this book and I had to snatch it up. It was 30% off and it seemed like half of the store had a copy in their hand, with a 20% off coupon and a membership 10% discount I had I got this book for only $14 dollars with tax. I was ecstatic. To Kill a Mockingbird was a flawless book, but I am sad to say that this book wasn’t.
Scout is back, but now she’s a twenty-six year old independent woman who goes by Jean Louise. Atticus, Uncle Jack, Aunt Alexandra, and Calpurnia are all back but in drastically different places than they were. Many of the characters in this book did a complete turnaround from To Kill a Mockingbird, and I’m sad to say that for many of them it wasn’t a good thing. New characters that were supposed to be old friends were also introduced.
The plot itself was interesting enough, but it really didn’t fit the characters it portrayed.
Overall a decent book, but not as good as To Kill a Mockingbird. With old characters that it was nice to revisit, but yet complete turnarounds for the worse in many characters Go Set a Watchman gets 3.5/5 stars.