Continuing on a theme, our main literary realist Sparky Sweets explains the subtleties of Harper Lee’s “other” book, Go Set a Watchman.
Harper Lee is a literary genius of many talents, be it the ability to carve a sentence, inspire fellow genius and to a lesser extent, the ability to have the draft for her opus (To Kill a Mockingbird, of course) published as a standalone publication. The question is, what the hell is her “other” book about?
Go Set a Watchman is a puzzling publication: half-sequel, half fan-fic, despite it having the same author as the original. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch returns as Lee explores the pertinent issues of the first novel (racism), centralised in the Finch household, not only in Finch’s new beau, but also in the revamped sensibilities of everyone’s favourite moralist, Atticus Finch himself. (re: He’s a closet racist.)
In the words of Sweets, PhD: “et tu, bro?”
I won’t spoil the rest, but Go Set a Watchman is an excursion through the bizarro world of the narrative treasured by the readers of the original.
It’s whack as far as Atticus is concerned, but it’s still a towering story of internal growth against the accepted sensibilities of “the time.”
Or is it?
Sparky Sweets deconstructs the stigma, fracas and subtextual merit surrounding Harper Lee’s recent release. Take it away, B.