Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman

By Author Harper Lee

  • Release Date: 2015-07-14
  • Genre: Literary
Go Set a Watchman
Book Rating: 4/5
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Based on 1,606 Reviews

Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee Book Description

#1 New York Times Bestseller

“Go Set a Watchman is such an important book, perhaps the most important novel on race to come out of the white South in decades…
   — New York Times (Opinion Pages)

A landmark novel by Harper Lee, set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—“Scout”—returns home to Maycomb, Alabama 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 painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of the late Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.

Book Reviews

  • This is the South

    4
    By Hitting The Road
    I feel a lot like the adult Jean Louise. WIth her, I watched as the God of Atticus became human. I think it must be hard for a lot of people to realize that their idols are fallible. Harper Lee could not have known when she wrote it that To Kill a Mockingbird's characters would become such literary icons and that we, as a culture, would find in Atticus the perfect parent/mentor/pastor/friend. He was not only her moral compass, but our society's. And it turns out, he was just a man who was a product of his culture and upbringing. I was nervous to read the book. I expected, from everyone's ranting, to find him burning crosses on the front lawn. Instead, we found something much harder: someone we love and admire who hasn't lived up to our ideals. I understand the rant, but I really appreciated the book. The best parents raise their children to think for themselves. To go into the world with a clear sense of what is right and the knowledge that they will always be loved and will always have a home -- even if it's not a home to which the child can ever really return. My family gave this to me. My father was my Atticus, and, I've learned through generations of family and friends, he was theirs as well. And I left home. And I learned how different we are. And I learned, even more, how alike we are. And I learned the he probably wasn't as perfect as I thought. And I learned that the REASON we should love people is for their humanity, because -- as I was raised to believe -- in that humanity is their godliness. I know that as certainly as I know that love. I think it's a good book.
  • Horrible

    2
    By Gghghgjgjgjghyhggfhgg
    I loved To Kill A Mockingbird, but Go Set A Watchman ruined it for me because of its contradicting way that it talked about Atticus and how he was a very racists man.
  • Go Set a Watchman

    1
    By Peg Tanner
    I think this book should never have seen the light of day. Whoever talked her into releasing this did not have her best interests in mind. This seems to me to be a first draft of something she "might" have published. The style of writing does not come close to To Kill a Mockingbird. The language used is simple rather than complex. Characters were not developed. She comes off as a naïve bumpkin who is against segregation. She does not share the flare or wisdom of Scout. She seems like an empty shell. This should never have been published.
  • Dissapointing

    1
    By Drg347
    I read To Kill A Mockingbird while I was in grade school and loved it. I had high hope for this book and it just failed miserably. This is a terrible sequel, 100% do not recommend reading.
  • Disappointed

    4
    By Rosa Romero
    This book had some good moments but it seemed to be the total opposite of To Kill A Mockingbird! I do recommend reading it at least once. Especially since the difference between racism and free speech is more blurred than ever now...
  • A Scam at Best and Nothing More Than A Money Grab

    1
    By JEKelly
    Some day the real story will get revealed. This book is not a sequel but a rough draft, a very rough draft, that became To Kill A Mockingbird after a lot of editing and rewrites.
  • Excruciating

    1
    By Anne_Animal
    TKAM is one of my favorite books. This? This is in my bottom five. It moves at such a snail's pace for the first two-thirds and then, finally!, picks up a bit of steam. Jean Louise can't be so slow to understand what is going on with her father and uncle, can she? How many pages are really necessary to clue the reader in to her angst? Not nearly as many as Lee uses. I only read the whole thing because it was a Christmas gift and I wanted to say I'd read it all. Ugh! Torture!
  • A stand alone, thought provoking piece of work

    4
    By Emeraldspring
    Not a sequel, but it doesn't need to be. Watchman is good because it poses an interesting concept that is still relevant today. We can shout that people are ignorant and evil, but why do they think the way they think? Everyone has a reason and a mindset, however wrong we may think they are-this doesn't mean they are bad people. Once we get so rigid within ourselves that we will not listen to those who disagree, we are no better than they. This is something that everyone has to face at some point. Growing up in the south myself, I relate to this novel here in the 21st century, as I'm sure many others can as well.
  • Go set a Watchman

    5
    By SteveBros
    The book is excellent especially if you're listening to the audio narrated by Reese Witherspoon long with reading the novel.I hope it's made a movie I hope Reese Witherspoon will play the title role of Jean Luis a.k.a. scout
  • Kinda slow

    3
    By Robertsfr88
    The book is a very slow for my taste. It is a little disappointing.