“Remember this: its always easy to look back and see what we were, yesterday, ten years ago. It is hard to see what we are. If you can master that trick, you’ll get along.” This is a quote from Harper Lee’s novel Go Set A Watchman which is the follow up to her classic To Kill A Mockingbird.
It must first be noted that this book is quite different than To Kill A Mockingbird in the sense that she actually wrote “Watchman” before “Mockingbird” but it was only ever a first draft. I say this for many reasons but the main one being that it does have an issue of flow. The book can feel congested at times and other times feel very broad. It is in that sense different than “Mockingbird” because of how easy that book is to read.
Now onto the book! In many ways I feel as though I enjoyed “Watchman” much more than I enjoyed “Mockingbird.” It is wildly darker as it takes place in the 1950’s when Scout (Jean Louise Finch) is in her late 20’s and Atticus Finch (her father) is in his 70’s. Obviously racial tensions are the main theme of the book but at its core it is a book about Scout and her father but mostly her image of her father throughout her life. It is not ruining anything by saying this book flips “Mockingbird” on its head. I feel as though this book has more truth to it and offers a much deeper meaning than just injustice in the south during this time period.
If you are a fan of To Kill A Mockingbird then I implore you to read Go Set A Watchman because it takes the story to a deeper part of your mind and challenges you to see things differently. Sometimes your view of people is blinded by who you want them to be as opposed to who they really are. I included the quote from the book because it stuck out to me personally. I certainly haven’t mastered seeing who I really am but I am able to point out my own flaws which I believe is a good start.
Read this book!! it is receiving 8.4 cups of coffee