Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee has been hailed as a literary masterpiece and polarizing by readers. There are those who feel it's one of the greatest sequels ever written and claim Lee was ahead of her time. I do not agree.
This book, set in 1950's fictional town of Macomb, Alabama is about Jean Louise's return home. I was looking for a story that shared the improvement of America, primarily in the south. What I received was a book that raised the bile from the depths of my lower intestines!
I understand racial and political tension reigned supreme in those days, but this novel turned scenes of a daughter's love and innocent, playful memories into sadiddy banter, hatred, and disdain towards Jews, African-Americans and whites less fortunate. How in the world does see the actions of Adolf Hitler as wrong, but not bat a lash at your own molestations of the justice system and simple morality?
Where was the Watchman in this book?
Now I won't give any spoilers, just in case you decide to read the book, but there's also a lot of conflict between those we loved in To Kill A Mockingbird and this book. Where you found heroism, you will see flaws. Where you found rapport, you'll find bitterness and loathing. And I am not even going to tell you how many times the "N"-word was used. Ugh...
Lastly, as the wife of a caucasian husband, I found myself insulted when they spoke on interracial 'copulation' and marriages. The story just incited an anger within me, one I will not allow to take place again. More than likely, this book and its predecessor will gather much dust on my library bookshelf. I won't refer it to any of my friends and family either. I won't even waste the beating of my fingers against my keyboard on a discussion thread. No, I'm done with them. I'm also sorry I handed off funds that'll go toward the Lee estate.
I'm so disgusted, I don't even have a quote to add. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see my rating according to my Specs Rating. Have both a great book and day! 📚
Rating: 👓👓/5 Specs
*Red Queen is next.
**Book from my personal library/Barnes&Noble: $10.95
Many children do not understand autism and a book like this one helps do just that. Omar, by Ming Xing, tells a day in the life of a little boy who is different. He can't sit still, read, comprehend or even speak like most children, but that doesn't stop him from loving school. He explains his flexible environment, redirection, even how he learns to write.
This is book one in a series of seven books that will allow children to see into the world of autistic children, provoking compassion and consideration. I look forward to sharing this book with my little ones later this weekend. Be sure to check it out too!
Have a book and a great weekend! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 Specs
*Go Set A Watchman is next.
**eBook provided free, via author, Ming Xing..
My first children's book for review by author and illustrator Ed Vere. Follow fearless Max as he encounters every other creature except the one he’s searching for…mouse. Check out the trailer! (review coming soon!)
Many books written fall flat because they're written without emotion. They fall flat, leaving a reader empty and dissatisfied. This book does nothing of the sort. To Kill A Mockingbird, authored by Harper Lee, initiated within me an upheaval of both whimsical and despondent emotions.
Scout or Jean Louise Finch, the teller of the tale, shares her life during the 1930's in an imaginary town of Macomb County, Alabama. She's a spirited child who learns the ways of life, politics and racism at an advanced rate, due to her father being an attorney. She and her brother Jem are forced to see the world as it really is, unable to dissimulate the harsh realities of the world like most children.
Because I am impartial but realistic, I can tell you, this book does the job. I see where it is a best-seller, but I do not like the book. I own it. I also own the second book, Go Set A Watchman, but I don't know if either will be read more than once. I only say this because there are books and movies that tell the truth- so viciously and forthrightly, I can't endure it more than once. It's a powerful book and that earned it three spectacles of my five spec rating.
Each character of the book are developed with a genuineness that allows them to materialize in one's mind. It was easy to enjoy the ones the reader's supposed to like and despise the contentious. The only odd person was Scout. In my opinion, she was way too advanced for her age. There were times when her thoughts and opinions were adult-like, rather than a elementary student. Either way, the book showed the destruction of innocence and freedom while sharing good hearts and the bravery in humanity. People like Link Deas and Judge Taylor are good examples of the latter. I won't tell give any spoilers, but this book is definitely worth a read; you'll appreciate it too.
I'll end this book review with an awesome quote from Jean Louise and forge my way into my next book. Have a book and great day! 📚
"Jem, how can you hate Hitler so ad an' then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home."
Scout, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Rating: 👓👓👓5 Specs
*Omar is next.
**Book from my personal collection/Barnes&Noble $14.44
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