27 December 2010

Book Review No. 42


The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Summary: Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home with a degree from Ole Miss, but her mother won't be happy until she has a ring on her finger. Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue so she can't keep a job. It's 1962, and these three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step that forever changes a town and the way women--mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends--view one another. (taken from the back of the book)

My Critique: I'll be honest, I was not excited about reading this book. I didn't really know anything about it other than the idle chatter I'd overheard but it was selected as our book club selection for January so I read it. And I have to say...I liked it quite a bit actually. I'm incredibly sensitive to race issues because I feel so passionately about how people are people regardless of the color of their skin. As I was reading this book I was so apprehensive, worried that it wouldn't end the way I wanted it to. But I have to say that I was captivated by this book and the three protagonists, with their own distinctive voices, was a hugely successful writing device for the author. And for this to have been her first book is incredibly impressive. At first I was thrown off by Aibileen and Minny's dialog as it was written in their dialect but it didn't take long to get used to it. You can almost feel the social/racial tension in this book while you're reading it. I would highly recommend you read this book.

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, The Help, are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with the afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas---------------uh, nevermind.

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