Go Set A Watchman [A Book Review].

A/N: Right, so I said that I wasn’t going to do a proper review of ‘Go Set A Watchman’, but I caved. I wasn’t going to, not because I disliked the book, but because I couldn’t form the right words to describe just how much this book shocked me.


Set when Jean Louise is now an adult, she returns home on holiday from New York, where she had been living and working. Now a grown lady, she returns home to find that it is seeped deep in corruption and hypocrisy.

Her father is acting strange and her childhood friend, Henry, who she is unsure on how she feels about marrying him, seem to be hiding views that she does not expect to find.

Jem, her beloved brother, had died due to heart failure and now when Jean Louise returns home it is to her elderly father, her harsh aunt and Cal, her maid of her childhood, a motherly figure, has retired and distanced herself from the Finch family.

Another case pops up, and this time it is one that sets Jean Louise on a journey, to not only find out that her home town is home to some of the most racist and cruel people, but also, that these very people are ruling the town. What’s worse, is that she finds her father and Henry at one of their meetings.

Everything Jean has held dear falls apart in a matter of seconds. Her father, the man who defended a black man on trail, who was wrongly accused of rape, seems to be holding a secret – he is a bigot, one who seems to be set in his old ways, of white power. What is most horrible about this, is he was a character perceived to have been progressive and liberal, but here he is something else.

Jean Louise sees her father for the first time in a different light, she disagrees with him, angrily and passionately, she has been betrayed by the one person she admired the most. Even Henry, who she thought she loved, exposed himself to be just as bad.

In the end, it is her somewhat crazy uncle who tells her that a change needed to happen but it wouldn’t happen over night. That they needed people like Jean.

Jean Louise refuses to accept that and decides that she cannot live in a place that is so deeply seeped in prejudice.

After reconciling with her father, she would, it seems, return to New York.

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