‘Go Set A Watchman,’ Harper Lee

“But the white supremacists fear reason, because they know cold reason beats them. Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” – Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

'But the white supremacists fear reason, because they know cold reason beats them. Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.' - Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

Go Set A Watchman was the “sequel” to Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. It was marketed as a sequel, that is, but it wasn’t, really. It was the first draft she wrote for To Kill A Mockingbird.

It does work as a sequel, sort of. And it’s a good book, a good read. But it absolutely ruins Atticus Finch as a character. It does so for the reader in the exact same way as it does for Scout, the character.

I was never sure what I thought of this book. I loved To Kill A Mockingbird. It’s one of my favorite books. Go Set A Watchman was certainly an interesting read, and it made me think a lot, so it’s got that going for it.

There was a lot of drama surrounding the publication of the book, and a lot of weirdness in the way the book was written. It doesn’t work at all without Mockingbird, but it was thought to be a first draft? Was Harper Lee taken advantage of in the publishing of the book? It’s hard to read the book and look past all that.

But despite the mess, it’s worth a read. I wouldn’t consider it… canon, exactly. More like, and alternative version of events, maybe?

Anyway, here’s a link to buy the book: Go Set A Watchman. That’s an affiliate link, FYI. If you buy it through there, I get a few cents, which will promptly be spent towards buying more books.

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