Book Review: Go Set a Watchman



Author: Harper Lee

Publisher: Random House

MRP: INR 508

Pages: 278

My Rating: 2.5/5

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, is not as good as her much-appreciated book To Kill a Mocking Bird, however, some elements of the book are really appealing.

The tale revolves around an adult scout who visits Maycomb from New York and finds it difficult to adapt to its culture. The plot depicts the change in American society, showcasing the ideological differences, prejudices between races especially the North and South, and the generation gap.

What I liked?

  1. A father-daughter bond that’s woven intricately, but beautifully. Despite the distance, the love between Atticus (the father) and Jean Louise is remarkable. Jean Louise knew that despite Atticus’ old age, he sent her to New York only because he wanted her strong and independent. The story begins with her concern for Atticus and ends with the same. What comes in between is the constructive plot to show a much-needed transition in Jean Louise. She looked up to her father and her father stood strong supporting her daughter in all the situations; good or bad. Atticus believed in her daughter when Maycomb questioned her and this makes Jean Louise’s behavior at the end of the story strikingly piercing. The tension between father and the daughter on political ideologies and prejudices made Jean Louise lose her composure only to feel sorry in the end. When a heated discussion happened between the two, instead of getting mad at his daughter, Atticus said, “I’m proud of you. I certainly hoped a daughter of mine’d hold her ground for what she thinks is right—stand up to me first of all”–words that would leave anyone aghast, affected and that’s exactly what they do to his daughter, Jean Louise.
  1. Jean Lousie’s color blindness and her outlook for people has been shown well-connected as the story progresses. Towards the end, her uncle said, “You’re color blind Louise. The only differences you see between one human and another are differences in looks and intelligence and character and the like. You’ve never been prodded to look at people as a race, and now that race is the burning issue of the day, you’re still unable to think racially. You see only people.”

My favorite lines

There were’nt too many fascinating lines I could quote, until I reached the last few chapters that saved me.

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