To Kill a Mockingbird/Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee

Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird/Go Set a Watchman
1960/2015, 324/ 278 pages

Lee’s debut novel To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) is the story of Scout. Through her eyes we watch how things come to a climax in the climate of racism and prejudice that had been simmering for a long time in the ‘tired old town’ of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. The events of that summer, in which her father, Atticus Finch, plays a significant role as the lawyer of a young black man accused of raping a white girl, eventually lead to the battering and injuring of her brother Jem and teach Scout much about life and the true nature of some of the inhabitants of Maycomb.

In 2015 the sequel to this still intriguing and surprisingly contemporary book was published. ‘Go Set a Watchman’ continues the story 20 years after Scout left Maycomb. Again it is a time of political and racial tension, which seems to be of all times.