14 Feb 2011

The Help - Kathryn Stockett - Book

Ever wondered what it was like to be a black maid in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s?  Well wonder no more book worms, because I'm about to tell you what happens.

Miss Skeeter is a slightly spoilt 22 year old girl who's in the same predicament as the rest of us - she's finished college/university and is trying to decide what to do and where to move out to.  Only she's actually supposed to find a husband and abandon all career plans because this is the deep south.

Aibileen is a wise maid who bit by bit is planting seeds of good and kindness in the minds of the children she looks after.

Minny, also a maid, is the hot tempered, straight talking one - who has one over on Miss Hilly.  I ain't gone reveal That Terrible Awful Thing Minny gone done to Miss Hilly, so don't worry y'all.  You bet your bottom dollar it's real good though!

Favourite character by far is Miss Celia, she's so naive she doesn't even know how to be prejudiced.  Even though she's white trash masquerading as a League worthy woman, and wears slightly tacky dresses she's sweet and honest and shows the invisible line between white and black to be just that: invisible.

This book is a fast burner, I literally picked it up and could not put it down.  I didn't sleep for a week because I was reading - I even took it into work with and used up every last second of my lunch break on it. 

I love the way she writes the words as they would be spoken - the white ladies say 'Hey y'all' and the black ladies say 'Oh Law!'.  It really helped bring the book to life even more.

The best thing about this book is it's quite a brave thing to write about, and although I know absolutely nothing about what it was like to be either white or black in America in the 1960s, I cannot help but feel that Ms Stockett hits the nail on the head with every chapter.

The ending left me feeling a bit dissatisfied, not because it was a bad ending, but because it was an uncertain ending.  I still worry whether the book made them any more money now!

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