Harper Lee’s new book is due to come out in a few days time, which is really exciting! Unfortunately, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to read it in the near future because of the workload at university, but I’ve just read the first chapter in The Sydney Morning Herald and so far, it looks quite promising!
I’m not sure that I’m overly fond of Scout’s new grown up self, though it does fit the sort of child she was. Something seems to have happened to Jem, which I’m hoping to see the backstory to- “Just about that time, Jean Louise’s brother dropped dead in his tracks one day, and after the nightmare of that was over, Atticus, who had always thought of leaving his practice to his son, looked around for another young man.”
Oh dear. Poor Jem.
Henry seems to be a pretty adorable character too, so I’m hoping that Scout can get over her fear of being caged. I think what more annoyed me about her adult self was her behaviour toward him, but then… It’s just so Scout.
Dill is missing, with Henry seeming to take his place, unless he appears later on… which is a bit sad, because I do like Dill.
Lee’s style seems to be extremely similar in Go Set a Watchman than it was in To Kill a Mockingbird, which is a really nice, free and loping storytelling tone. I really enjoyed that about it, as it feels so familiar.
Just from this excerpt, I have much higher hopes than I previously did for this novel. I was very concerned that it just wasn’t going to be as good, since it had been knocked back. I think that there are going to be differences, and to prepare for them, but it’s only natural when she’s had to go back to the drawing board.