Book Review Blog Hop #19


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Goodreads Summary: Go Set a Watchman (Audible and BOOK CLUB read)

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.

My Review – 2 stars 

WOW… a great literary hero is no more. Atticus Finch was Jean Louie’s hero and now he’s just a despicable, racist. Jean Louise’s whole world has been destroyed, the man she looked up her whole life is nothing but a lie. The man she based her beliefs and values on, was only pretending to be a decent human being.

Jean Louise pretends to be a modern woman, who thinks we are all equal…but half her statements are just as racist as Atticus.  

The story, the revelation and the lesson her dad and uncle tried to teach her was horrifying. There was a reason this was NEVER published and never should have been.

Not sure how I will help students with To Kill a Mockingbird now, all I can think about is the “real” Atticus. The only good lesson is that even famous authors need to keep rewriting and learning from their first drafts.

  Highlight for spoilers… (((Atticus may have believed Tom Robinson was innocent or he could have been doing his job as a lawyer. Who knows now. 
He feels the NAACP is out of control and all the black citizens should be happy with how they are currently treated. Atticus is actually angry that they want respect and to be treated like human beings. 
You feel like Jean Louise feels, deceived by all those who she grew up with. Her dad is a liar and despicable racist, her boyfriend is just a fake piece of shit with no guts or mind of his own, Calpurnia now treats her like one of the towns many white racists, and Jem is dead.
Jean Louise is really a total contradiction of herself. She says one thing then says the opposite in the same moment. She was going to leave, but now is going to stay???? Who knows.))) 

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Goodreads Summary: The Art of Keeping Secrets (CD Rental from library)

Since a solo plane crash killed her husband two years ago, Annabelle Murphy has found solace in raising her two children. Just when she thinks the grief is behind her, she receives news that the wreckage of the plane has been discovered—and that her husband did not die alone. He was with another woman. Suddenly Annabelle is forced to question everything she once held true.

Sofie Milstead knows the woman who was on that plane. A dolphin researcher who has lived a quiet life, Sofie has never let anyone get too close. But when Annabelle shows up on Sofie’s doorstep full of painful questions, both women must confront their intertwining pasts…and find the courage they need to face the truth.

WOW…not only do you lose your husband now you find out that he may have been unfaithful. Great premise and liking Annabelle’s character. Sofie is annoying and spoiled, tell Ananbelle and Jake the truth and stop acting like the entire world revolves around you. 

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Comments

Book Review Blog Hop #19 — 1 Comment

  1. Still trying to decide this week what to read next and seriously having trouble making up my mind though. So, I was dying to see your reviews tonight and thank you for your honest opinion on both above now.

Would love to read your thoughts