Civil rights advocate, or white racist: Who is the real Atticus Finch? 5



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Maycomb, Alabama. 26-year-old Jean Louise Finch – ‘Scout’ – returns home from New York City to visit her ageing father, Atticus.

Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt.

Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill A Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee, perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past – a journey that can be guided only by one’s own conscience.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humour and effortless precision – a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times.

It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill A Mockingbird but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to a classic.

When you read Go Set a Watchman, please, don’t expect a sequel – both books by Harper Lee stand on their own merit.

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee is available for purchase from Dymocks.



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  1. I’ve decided not to read this. I don’t want to spoil my view of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, and I have my doubts about whether this should have published.

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    • I agree, Vivienne. Until I’ve spoken with a friend who’s read To Kill and is now reading the newer release I don’t think I want to, either.

  2. I suspect the vast majority in America and Australia would be considered racist in that era of segregation and white Australia policy. we just believed what we were told to believe.

  3. I bought a copy the first day it came out. Started to read it but not sure if I want to finish it. To Kill a Mocking Bird is such a great book! Not sure at all about this one.

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