Check out my Go Set A Watchman book summary and review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. Watchman at Go Set is a novel by Harper Lee. It presents the first draft of his world’s bestseller Who Disturbs the Nightingale (1960) and was written in 1957.

Go Set A Watchman

After the manuscript was found in Lee's Safe Deposit Box, HarperCollins Publishers published it for the first time in 2015.

Go Set A Watchman book summary :

Jean-Lewis "Scout" Finch, now a 26-year-old law student, came from New York City to visit his fictional city of McComb, Alabama. His older brother Jeremy "Jem" Finch died a few years ago of a genetic heart disease that was the cause of their mother's early death. Calpurnia, a longtime black domestic worker, a kind of mother figure of Jean Lewis, has retired.

Since then, his aunt Alexandra, with whom Jean-Lewis has a distant relationship, has been running the household. On the other hand, he got along very well with his uncle Jack, a retired doctor. In McMahon, he first met his childhood sweetheart, Attorney Henry "Hank" Clinton, who worked in the law firm of his father, Atticus. Henry proposes that he return to McMabe and marry her.

She often imagined life as Hank's wife and also reminisced about her childhood days with her brother and their two mutual childhood friends "Deal" Harris and Hank. But Jean-Lewis quickly realizes that some things have changed fundamentally in his own town: the end of racial segregation by Brown vs.

The rise of the board of education and the black population, especially through the civil rights organization National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is viewed very critically by the white residents of McComb, mostly by the descendants of former slave owners. Since Jean-Lewis grew up with a black woman (Calpurnia) and her father, Atticus, often represented innocent black people in racist criminal trials, he did not share racist views and had no understanding of them.

But shortly after, he finds a racist magazine called The Black Plague in his father's file and secretly observes him and Henry at a meeting of the White Citizens Council, where Atticus finds a racist speaker. Completely panicked, he realizes that even his two closest confidants share the racist attitudes prevalent in the southern states, storms rise and fall.

The next morning, Jean-Lewis learns that the grandson of Calpurnia hit a white pedestrian and was seriously injured. He goes to Calpurnia but gets used to the cold with him, which gives him even more trouble. Atticus took criminal defense to prevent the NAACP from interfering in the case.

Jean-Lewis then met Henry. In a loud argument on the street, he accused her of participating in the white civic council. Henry explained that he was on the council primarily for opportunistic reasons: to influence McComb's politics and to raise money for a family.

 He believes that in order to achieve goals, people sometimes have to do things that they do not want to do. Jean-Lewis then calls her a liar and tells her that she will never marry him. Suddenly Atticus appears and invites Jean Lewis to his office. He explained to her that he was a member of the White Citizens Council because he believed that black people in the southern states should still not have full equality because they were not able to take on the necessary responsibilities.

He also sees it as a legal scandal that the Supreme Court, as a federal court, interferes with ethnic divisions, since the latter will be a matter for the states. When Jean-Lewis agreed with Atticus about federal court, he replied that after years of discrimination, he felt black people were relatively responsible and resented his father's position because he actually knew his father as a very tolerant and fair person.

When he was about to drive away in anger, his uncle Jack punched him to get his attention. She explains to him that he is now an adult because he is finally separated from his father and no longer sees him as an infallible “God” but as a wrong man. After thinking for a moment, he agrees with Uncle Jack's thoughts.

She arranges to meet Henry for dinner, but believes she will never marry him because Henry McMabe learned a lifestyle that was foreign to him. When she meets Atticus, she is very proud of him because he was true to his own values ​​and even defended them to her. Jean-Lewis tells Atticus that she loves him very much and for the first time sees her father not as her idol but as a man.

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