|Go Set a Watchman
Contributor(s): Lee, Harper
ISBN: 0062409859 ISBN-13: 9780062409850
Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: July 2015
Annotation: A wonderful new novel from one of America's bestselling authors. Exploring the tensions between a local culture and a changing national political agenda; family arguments and love: an instant classic.
Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill A Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Homecoming; Fiction.
- Fathers and daughters; Fiction.
- Adult children of aging parents; Fiction.
|BISAC Categories: |
- Fiction | Literary
- Fiction | Classics
|Lexile Measure: 870|
|Academic/Grade Level: General Adult|
|Book type: Fiction|
|Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.25" W x 1.00" (1.25 lbs) 288 pages|
|Accelerated Reader Info|
|Quiz #: 175479
Reading Level: 5.9 Interest Level: Upper Grades Point Value: 10.0
|Scholastic Reading Counts Info|
|Quiz #: Q66623
Reading Level: 5.6 Interest Level: Grades 9-12 Point Value: 17.0
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 July #3)
Reviewed by Louisa ErmelinoThe editor who rejected Lee's first effort had the right idea. The novel the world has been waiting for is clearly the work of a novice, with poor characterization (how did the beloved Scout grow up to be such a preachy bore, even as she serves as the book's moral compass?), lengthy exposition, and ultimately not much story, unless you consider Scout thinking she's pregnant because she was French-kissed or her losing her falsies at the school dance compelling. The book opens in the 1950s with Jean Louise, a grown-up 26-year-old Scout, returning to Maycomb from New York, where she's been living as an independent woman. Jean Louise is there to see Atticus, now in his seventies and debilitated by arthritis. She arrives in a town bristling from the NAACP's actions to desegregate the schools. Her aunt Zandra, the classic Southern gentlewoman, berates Jean Louise for wearing slacks and for considering her longtime friend and Atticus protégé Henry Clinton as a potential husband—Zandra dubs him trash. But the crux of the book is that Atticus and Henry are racist, as is everyone else in Jean Louise's old life (even her childhood caretaker, Calpurnia, sees the white folks as the enemy). The presentation of the South pushing back against the dictates of the Federal government, utilizing characters from a book that was about justice prevailing in the South through the efforts of an unambiguous hero, is a worthy endeavor. Lee just doesn't do the job with any aplomb. The theme of the book is basically about not being able to go home again, as Jean Louise sums it up in her confrontation with Atticus: "there's no place for me anymore in Maycomb, and I'll never be entirely at home anywhere else." As a picture of the desegregating South, the novel is interesting but heavy-handed, with harsh language and rough sentiments: "Do you want them in our world?" Atticus asks his daughter. The temptation to publish another Lee novel was undoubtedly great, but it's a little like finding out there's no Santa Claus.[Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC
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