04 September, 2015

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel by Harper Lee | Summary & Analysis Kindle Edition by Instaread Review!

Jean Louise Finch tries to go home again and finds tiny Maycomb, Alabama grappling with the emerging civil rights movement in the mid-1950s. Set nearly twenty years after the events in To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic American novel, Go Set a Watchman looks at the earlier book’s beloved characters in a different and, sometimes shocking, light. Go Set a Watchman, however, was written first and became the groundwork from which To Kill a Mockingbird was developed.  
At 26, Jean Louise, who managed to grow up color-blind in the Deep South, has been living in New York City. She arrives home for her fifth annual two-week visit, eager to see her father, Atticus. She also plans to see her longtime suitor, Henry ‘Hank’ Clinton, her brother’s best friend and junior partner in Atticus’s law firm. She thinks she may be ready to settle down and give Atticus some grandchildren, but what she discovers undermines every assumption she has ever had…

Inside this Instaread Summary & Analysis of Go Set a Watchman

• Summary of book Not the whole book
• Introduction to the Important People in the book
• Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style

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My Thoughts

“For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.”

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee (Instaread) is an analysis and summary of the book. I enjoyed this short preview of the book, gives me an idea on whether I would want to read the complete novel. I never read To Kill A Mockingbird, but I did see the movie a long time ago, I do kind of remember the story. 

This highly publicized novel was written before TKAMB but never published. It starts out with 26 yr old Jean Louise Finch (Scout, as she was called as a child) going back to where she grew up in Maycomb Alabama for a visit as she does every year. Her father, Atticus is now 72 and has his sister Alexandra living with him to help him as he has some health issues.  

While there in Maycomb, Jean-Louis is confronted by the racial tension that is very prevalent in the south in the 50's. She finds and is surprised at her father's attitude toward segregation. 

Other characters that are important to the story are:
* Dr. Jack Finch, the brother of Atticus, a retired physician.
*Calpurnia, who is the matriarch of a large black family, was almost like a mother to Jean Louis, as her mother died at a young age of a heart attack.
*Jean Louis's brother Jem, who also died young after serving in WWII, of a heart attack just like his mother.
*Henry (Hank) Jean Lois's boyhood friend, they pick up their relationship where they left off.

Basically, this is a story about racism and the civil rights movement and a coming of age during an important time in history for the south. The story focus's on the public and personal climate of the times, most people would want the south to continue as it has for decades but with the civil rights movement, those days are gone and the southern culture gets disrupted in a big way. The personal part of the story is how Jean Louis comes to term with her father and uncle's views, her relationship with Hank and what she ultimately wants to do with the rest of her life.

I really enjoyed this shortened version of Go Set a Watchman, it gave me a brief glimpse of what the story is about, the characters and the style in which the author wrote this novel. This Instaread version is written without bias and is well done. I think I may just read more of these before I actually get the full version books.  If you want to know what Go Set A Watchman is about, give this summary a try. 

I received a copy of this analysis for my thoughts and I was not monetarily compensated for my review.

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