Tuesday July 14, Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman, was made available to the public.
Debate continues on what the book actually represents, but according to Deseret News author Herb Scribner, the title of the book has meaning.
“Its based off a Bible quote from Isaiah 21:6, that reads, according to the King James Version,” For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth,'” Scribner said.
There are commentaries on BibleHub that describe what the verse means, most coming to the conclusion that the quote describes Isaiah receiving a message from God to have someone ascend a watch tower over the city of Babylon before it is destroyed, according to Deseret News.
Time Magazine reported that the title then makes sense, since the book is about Jean Louise — of To Kill a Mockingbird — returning home to see the destruction of her childhood memories.
Daniel D’Addario, author of a Time Magazine review on Go Set a Watchman, spoke of the book’s return of better developed characters.
“Watchman is both a painful complication of Harper Lee’s beloved book and a confirmation that a novel read widely by schoolchildren is far more bitter than sweet,” D’Addario said. “Watchman is alienating from the very start.”
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