Review of Go Set a Watchman- Harper Lee

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For some unknown reason, I have yet to read either of Harper Lee’s books, but this review from Philippa means that I’m now zooming off to get them both. 🙂

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Go Set a Watchman- Harper Lee

Go set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth…

In the midst of the current and tempestuous outcry I intend to dive right in. I do not want to wait until the water grows placid and the angers are expended or turn, as they might, to a consensus of disappointment.

I will try to explain why I found the book mesmerising. For you to understand I need you to know where I come from, so that you can decide whether my opinions have any relevance for you. It may temper your judgement. I grew up in that most reviled racist country, South Africa, where my grandfather seemed a kind of Atticus Finch, only he nursed the ambition to undermine the justification for racism ( the image of Africans still immersed in innocent childhood, unready for the world) with his dogged dedication…

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17 thoughts on “Review of Go Set a Watchman- Harper Lee

    philipparees said:
    July 19, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for the reblog Jo.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Pleasure Philippa. It’s really odd – these are definitely my kind of books, and I’ve never checked either of them out. Weren’t school reading either. 🙂


        philipparees said:
        July 19, 2015 at 2:32 pm

        I envy your discovery, you will love them. I suspect few will agree with me about Watchman because Mocking bird is burnt into the psyche and must not be modified.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          July 19, 2015 at 2:34 pm

          This sounds like it’s going to be an adventure for me! I’m glad I’m doing things back to front, as usual.


    First Night Design said:
    July 19, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I don’t know about Go Set a Watchman but you’re in for a real treat with Mockingbird.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      I’m going to have to try and have it tiptoe up my reading list now too. 🙂

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      philipparees said:
      July 19, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Tried to leave a message for you First Night, to say I love your work, and couldn’t find a way to appreciate it beyond the ubiquitous ‘like’ which did not seem enough. Just hope you find this here and Jo won’t mind!

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    mysm2000 said:
    July 19, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I’m planning to avoid all reviews until I’ve read both books. I was about 12 when To Kill a Mockingbird came out so it wasn’t on any course reading lists I encountered in my education. I saw part of the movie on TV but am just now reading the book. I’ll come back and read the whole review when I’ve finished both. Glad some people are jumping right in, though.


    olganm said:
    July 19, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Yes, it must be difficult with such a book. It’s like new versions of old classics. Very risky, but I guess this was the original novel.


    Suzanne Joshi said:
    July 19, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing the review, Jo. It was really interesting. 🙂


    D.G.Kaye said:
    July 24, 2015 at 4:40 am

    I can’t wait to read Go Set A Watchman, as it stares me head on from my overloaded bookshelf, waiting to be read. 🙂


      philipparees said:
      July 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

      A treat in store for you. Interesting to consider if Watchman was Harper Lee’s first book at roughly 26 then Mockingbird as the reconstruction of her childhood innocence ( already outgrown in a way) becomes an even greater marvel.


    peakperspective said:
    July 26, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Truly looking forward to this story. Cheers for the review, Jo.


      philipparees said:
      July 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      I have read all your recent posts about an upcoming speech,(and left a comment there) but thanks for reading the review.


    Janice Wald said:
    July 27, 2015 at 5:23 am

    To Kill a Mockingbird–a must read. Changed my life. I don’t want to read her subsequent work(s) for fear I’ll be disillusioned.
    Thanks for dropping by my site today. I’m glad you liked my Twitter post.


    Bette A. Stevens said:
    August 1, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Got my copy! 🙂


    Margaret Lynette Sharp said:
    August 3, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Interesting review. I’m yet to read either of Harper Lee’s novels, too, but I’m hearing mixed reports about this one. Just last night on the television, someone gave it a less than flattering review, but on the other hand, there are those who are thrilled to re-visit Miss Lee’s writing. 🙂


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