Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
"For thus hath the Lord said unto me,
Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth."
A year ago, a particular book brought a gleam in my eyes. I loved it so much that I couldn't stop loving it enough. From that minute on, the minute a person even mentioned that book, I would brighten - like a flower which bloomed when the sunlight touched it. And that book was named To Kill a Mockingbird. When I heard that the another book would be out, I was overjoyed; excitement was inevitable. When I went to the library yesterday, I thought I was hallucinating when I saw Go Set a Watchman in the 'New Arrivals' section. I ignored all the reviews on Goodreads which said that it didn't meet up to the previous book, and took it. And now I'm regretting it. This book wasn't bad, but it was disappointing.
The little girl, Scout, all grown up returns to Alabama from New York to visit her father. Jean Louise Finch in 26, and her father, Atticus, is sick. Jem is dead. Atticus is no longer the same Atticus who shunned hypocritical racial discrimination. He is someone different; that person whom I admired that day is intangible. And Harper Lee killed Jem with just a few words - he is dead - shattering a heart that admired the inked words on pages. I've mentioned this more than required already, but Jean is now a woman, and that is not what we need after an adventure with two siblings who act as Lee's puppets.
How could this happen? How could that book of profanity lose it's charm? How on earth can this be disappointing? It honestly is hard to admit. I had difficulty trying to decide whether I should rated it 3. 5 or 4. That turmoil is an emotion I never want to experience again. What we required was another story of irrational prejudices with Atticus' domination over it; the adventure through the eyes of two young birds - Jem and Scout.
This was disappointing, but don't twist my words to bad. I liked it enough to give it a rating which is good in my reading system. I loved it when Jean thought about her past, and that was what I wanted. Boy, if only the whole book was like that - no adult disputes.
Sigh! 3.5 stars.
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