Friday, August 14, 2015

Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” probably should not have been sub-titled “A novel.” It’s more like a collection of short stories: Scout (Jean Louise) attempting to disprove Thomas Wolfe by coming home again, reliving the past with her white trash friend Henry, going to a ladies’ tea and finding out that she can neither abide nor fit in with this hallowed Maycomb tradition, finding out that her father is part of a town council dedicated to suppressing the blacks, getting strange advice from her uncle who really loved her mother and finally coming to an understanding of who she is and why she is the way she is.

Lee’s book has some interesting dialog; lots of southern argot and characters who are somewhat memorable but in a way are almost stereotypical of the south.

The book is not a page turner and reminds me of many of the other southern women authors I read back in the day (Carson McCullers’ “The Member of the Wedding” comes to mind). However, it does provide conversational material for book enthusiasts, and will, no doubt be required reading in academic circles. 

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