Book review: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set a WatchmanGo Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

FRom BBC Radio 4 – Book at Bedtime:
In the literary event of the year Harper Lee’s explosive second novel has finally been published. Believed lost for decades after the publication of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, this book revisits much-loved characters, this time through adult eyes. This abridgement for Book at Bedtime brings a compelling and important release to Radio 4.

Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch travels from New York to Maycomb for her annual visit home. It’s always a relief to slip into the comfortable rhythms of the South; to spend time with her beloved father Atticus and rekindle her spiky relationship with Aunt Alexandra. But mid-50s Alabama is not the same place where young Scout spent idyllic summers with brother Jem, and the 26-year old will be betrayed and have her trust shattered before she is able to become her own woman.

Harper Lee is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, a book which has been studied, loved, wept over and revered by generations since its publication in 1960. She lives in Monroeville, Alabama.

Read by Fenella Woolgar

Written by Harper Lee

Abridged by Robin Brooks

Produced by Eilidh McCreadie.

Episode 1/10:
Jean Louise Finch is on the train south to Maycomb to visit her father Atticus.

Episode 2/10:
Back in Maycomb with her family, Jean Louise is both delighted and infuriated by them.

Episode 3/10:
Hank surprises Jean Louise with his future plans as the young couple get Maycomb taking.

Episode 4/10:
After two blissful days at home, Jean Louise’s world is about to be shattered.

Episode 5/10:
Reeling from her discovers, Jean Louise seeks comfort from one of her oldest friend.

Episode 6/10:
Shaker by her encounter with Calpurnia, Jean Louise has forgotten her aunt’s gathering.

Episode 7/10:
Jean Louise calls on her Uncle Jack in search of a sane voice in Maycomb.

Episode 8/10:
Looking for Atticus, Jean Louise is about to waylaid.

Episode 9/10:
Jean Louise reluctantly confronts Atticus about the Citizen’s Council.

Episode 10/10:
Heartbroken after her fighting with Atticus , Jean Louise packs for New York.


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