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REVIEW: GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

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Written by Harper Lee, the same as "To Kill a Mockingbird," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960, "Go, set a Watchman" it was a the bestseller of the year, selling 1.1 million copies in just one week and so becoming the book sold more quickly in the history of HarperCollins.

GO,SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

RATING: 2/5

(HarperCollins| Amazon)

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Having read and loved To Kill a Mockingbird, it was difficult to review GSAW as a standalone story and not as sequel. Compared to the masterpiece that earned Lee the Pulitzer,  I reckon that many scenes are redundant and could safely be omitted, many speeches instead of dialogues and so many long digressions that are difficult to be read without get bored or confused. I had much difficulty to appreciate it, I do not have a good memory.

While Scout, the protagonist in To Kill a Mockingbird and one of my favorite female character of all times, retains the fighting spirit of a tomboy, Atticus Fintch is totally changed. We should consider the fact that it is a fictional character and that we talk about two books that are standalone, but is not easy! Here the image of  Atticus as a perfect man and father is dismantled and I must say that almost prefer it this way because it makes it more human. The story and the book would not be as bad if polished a bit more and especially if you manage to find a way to read this book for what it is: as standalone. Not easy, though, because rich in references to the events told in TKAM. One thing I did not really like (at all). Incredibly important events happened in between TKAM and GSAW are told in a brisk, so much so that at times I thought I had missed a page and I was re-reading the chapter. But nope, no mistakes, they are just not considered important. However, other  unnecessary information takes full pages. Such a pity.

NO, I do not like"Go, set a watchman". But YES , I would recommend it because Scout is still one of my favorite female characters ever, and her think out of the box is what I liked the most.

For those who are able to find a way to consider it for exactly what it is I do recommend it.  For those who loved TKAM, maybe is better to go ... and put it back on the shelves. You might be disappointed .

Erica

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