Watchman Review The Scout of TKAM is sassy and stubborn but naïve and the Jean Louise of Watchman is also sassy, stubborn, and naïve but "blind" as portrayed in the novel. Many people have claimed that Watchman is a racist novel that destroys the noble kind, Atticus Finch and his character. To those people, I say, shame on you and read the book. Most every six year old Alabama girl looks up to and idolizes her father. I did. Scout did as well. The problem with that logic is that children change and so do their parents. Many residents of Alabama have family members who participated in events and ideologies 50 years or more ago that we aren't proud of. We cannot change the actions of those people. Without going into spoilers Atticus, Jean Louise, and all the other characters in TKAM and Watchman live in a time period and in a place where things were different. They could only react to the changing world around them based on the knowledge they had at hand. It's cruel and wrong for people today to place 21st century values on people that lived in that time who were completely unaware of all the events that came later. Society and culture are so affected by the moment, by technology, by our past and present, and by those we trust, sometimes wrongly. Don't believe or judge all those criticizing the book. Read it for yourself and make up your own mind, as have I.
I was interviewed on Tuesday by the Times Daily. Click here for the article about Alabama native, Harper Lee and her new novel, "Go Set a Watchman". Three summers ago, we drove to Monroeville, Alabama (Home of Harper Lee) and visited the courthouse where they hold the TKAM play each summer. It's a wonderful place to visit for anyone who is a fan of Harper Lee, TKAM, Watchman, or Truman Capote. Sitting in this chair or walking around upstairs in the balcony will transport you to Maycomb.