The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This is a somewhat difficult book to write about partly because so much has already been written on it, but also people it deals with a controversial subject matter. In case you've been in hiding the past year, it's about a white woman in Jackson, Mississippi who decides to interview the black ladies maids, aka the help, and write a story about what their lives are like.
It's an interesting feeling reading the book, knowing so much to expect and yet not everything. I haven't seen the movie yet, but have seen the previews, and even just that hit all the vital scenes of the book. Also since I've seen how the characters are going to be portrayed in the movie, I can't help but picture them that way in my mind while reading.
I was a little surprised by how young the central characters are in the book. I was expecting to read about middle aged woman but all of the matriarchs of the book are only in their mid-twenties or so. It feels odd to be reading about a this high society wife with 2 or 3 children and then realize she's the same age as me! It's definitely a change of society, for example it's mentioned several times how many girls drop out of college as soon as their married since that was the real reason they went their in the first time.
I was also surprised how much I loved some of the characters. My favorite had to be Celia Foote and her story, someone who I hadn't heard about in all the casting news, and who I believe is absent from the trailer. And the little Mae Mobley sounds absolutely adorable and I can't wait to see her in the film.
I realize there is also quite a bit of controversy surrounding the book, and given it's subject it's not too surprising. I think the big question mark on the book is how accurate is a book that's supposed to show the point of view of African-American women in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s if it's written by a white women. That's not really a question I'm qualified to answer, but I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts.
But to finish things up, I loved the book and once I started I had to know how everything was going to end up. I finished it in only a few days and now I'm just eagerly anticipating the movie!
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