I had a plan, a schedule, for Taking My Blog Seriously in the Grand Scheme of retiring from the Real World into my own, where I might live in peace with my threads and my pens for stitching and writing. I planned a blog-schedule for posts over a two-week period; it was all set down in black-and-white in my notebook and diary.
But I have only to write my plan down to feel that it has happened and is done, and for me to lose all interest. So I’m going to rethink the best way for Taking My Blog Seriously.
And in the meantime, today, I shall talk a little about Go Set a Watchman, the controversial novel by Harper Lee.
Let me start by saying that not even studying To Kill a Mockingbird to within an inch of its life could make me hate it. I have always adored Scout, and it is a powerful story, probably made all the more so because of Scout’s age. Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings and all that.
Go Set a Watchman is, I would say, a companion novel, not a sequel. And I would probably not suggest reading them in quick succession. As Scout discovered, a little distance is needed to cope with the more unpalatable side of Atticus Finch. It is, though, quite nice to discover that he isn’t the paragon Scout thinks him in Mockingbird.
Given all the media attention and spoilers, I hope I don’t upset anyone with the revelation that Atticus was a member of the KKK. Please don’t think too harshly of him: he had his reasons. And Scout’s reaction when she learns of this is just what we might expect of her. She is, in Watchman, still the same old Scout. Older, a little sadder, maybe, but still as tomboyish and impetuous as ever. And still winding Aunt Alex up by not behaving like a Southern lady.
Watchman is not Mockingbird, though, but it’ll be interesting to reread Mockingbird in the light of Watchman’s revelations. It’s interesting to see how Mockingbird evolved, given that Watchman was written first, although the fates of some of the characters was rather upsetting.
As to Scout’s fate, I really hope she resists the hero provided in Watchman and goes off to find Dill: I’ve always thought they’d make a good couple.