Day 16: Go Set A Watchman

This is not a book review. I’m terrible at writing book reviews, so I shall not.

This is about the feeling I was left with when I’d finished the book. And for once, I can’t find the right words to express them.

To Kill A Mocking Bird shall always remain in my Top 5 favourites. The reason I loved TKAMB was because I identified a lot with Scout and loved her. I was also a huge fan of Atticus. But mainly, Scout. The tomboy that she was. The way her brother was her best friend. The way her father was no nonsense, yet loving. The way she was always with boys.

So, when I picked this one up, I was prepared to not like it enough. I had believed the reviews fellow readers gave. I’d played down my expectations and was ready to turn the last page over and think “Just did not do justice to the first one”.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I loved Go Set A Watchman for a lot of different reasons, Scout and Atticus being the prime ones. I shall not list them all here because I honestly don’t know how to word those, and I won’t do any justice.

All I know is, I loved the experience of reading this book. I read and re-read some portions because the sheer awesomeness brought tears to my eyes. I sat with a pencil and marked out some really touching parts. I read a certain bit and hugged Pumbaa tight. I typed out a particular bit and texted that to my brother. I thought back to my childhood and smiled fondly. I missed Achan a lot – a LOT. I felt immense gratitude to my parents for bringing me up the way I was brought up. I wanted to curl up inside the book and be at peace ❤

I will always love it for the many pearls of wisdom I picked out and stowed away in a far corner of my mind. I’ll leave you with these…

The Lord never sends you more than you can bear.

This helps me have that bit of extra faith to stop me from giving up…

Sometimes we have to kill a little so we can live.

…and this convinces me that while to err is human, to forgive can also be human; it doesn’t always take divinity.

Because finally,

…every man’s watchman, is his conscience.

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18 thoughts on “Day 16: Go Set A Watchman

  1. I loved this one too. I didn’t review it for the same reason, there’s no way I could do justice to this book. Absolutely priceless. I’ve got to re-read it at a time when I’ve got the time ‘re read parts of it as many times as I want to. Christmas hols probably.

  2. That was a beautiful post! To Kill a Mockingbird is my all time favourite. There are only a few books that have left a lasting mark in me. This is one of them.
    I’m yet to read Go set a Watchman. Been meaning to. I should check if my library has it.i loved what you wrote about your experiences while reading the book. And those lines from the book- ah, priceless!

  3. Soon, very soon, I will be reading this 🙂 I love the last one you shared. Conscience is indeed our watchman.
    Beautiful post. A reader’s response and feelings about a book is rather more interesting than a review per se. 🙂

  4. It is like an unintended lesson…in humanity…childhood innocence….racism…learning…! I totally agree that reading the book is an experience in itself. I love it too and have read it 3-4 times.

  5. Loved reading this post! I havent picked the book yet and was ambivalent coz of the other reviews, though i’m not much of a ‘review’ person..but guess I will definitely pick it up now 🙂

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