The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

 Enter a vanished world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver…

I loved this book. I loved the way it took me to a different country, a different time, a different world, and then was so absolutely believable that I smiled and groaned at the characters’ triumphs and failures.

I thought it dealt with racism incredibly delicately, highlighting all the terrible things that were everyday life for thousands of these women but in a such a simple, brilliant way.

I really enjoyed the characters: the mothering, simplistic Aibileen, who loves the little white girl she looks after as though she is her own child. The sassy cook Minny, whose smart tounge has led to her being fired seventeen times. And white Miss Skeeter, who seems so weak and powerless against the manipulative and terrifing Miss Hilly, but actually makes a difference, in the end.

If you haven’t read the book, I reckon you should give it a go. And as for the film… is it any good? I’ve heard it’s won loads of awards, but how close does it stick to the book?

“Stockett is brilliant on people, on food, on relationships, on the weather. Draws you completely into a world of okra and fried chicken and peach cobbler.”

 

– The Daily Telegraph

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. South African Nutter
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 18:23:39

    GIMME… LIKE, NOW!

    Reply

  2. DoingDewey
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 19:49:18

    I thought the movie followed the book very well. It wasn’t identical, but I liked the casting and thought that (like the Hunger Games) the important parts were all there 🙂

    Reply

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