It’s Thursday which means it’s time to throw some shapes back to some old book reviews I’ve written in the past. I like to keep my reviews short & sweet so here it is! (Looking at Goodreads, I wrote this one in 2012!)
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
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Genre- Historical Fiction
This was another one of my Christmas Presents from a few years back that I requested because it was recommended.
I actually really enjoyed this book, I felt it was Heartwarming, entertaining & interesting all at the same time. After the last book I read I found it nice to look at another part of society and bring it to life. Isn’t it great picking up a book & learning something new?!
The Help is about Black women in the 1960s who are housemaids or ‘help’ to the white women of America, more specifically in Jackson, Mississippi. Each chapter takes a look at different women in this Town and their point of view. Miss Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny are the main character of the book…All unlikely to be friends but yet they are bonded together from the events of the 60s.
Miss Skeeter a down to earth woman white woman wants nothing more than to be a respected & successful writer. To do this she decides to tackle a controversial subject and write a book about the ‘help’ and what it’s really like to work for white women in Mississippi. All three women decide to challenge what is ‘normal’ and acceptable.
When I first started reading this book I found it quite difficult because of how it was written, however once you get past this it truly is a good book and worthy of the credit it has been given. I’ve not got round to watching the film however now it has been released on DVD today Im sure I’ll get round to it soon.
Another touching, thought provoking book that questions the past and what we think about it. The message at the end of the book by the author about her own maid is particularly touching and really does bring it to life that little bit more
Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, “Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?
Update- I have actually watched the film & really enjoyed it. I remember having a little cry at the end! Definitely worth a watch!
Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!