By reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett I learned a lot about the unwritten "rules" that maids were expected to follow and that segregation was quite extreme in Mississippi during the 1960s. For some reason, I thought that the mistreating of blacks as low life was longer ago in slave days. The main story line is that one of the white ladies, Skeeter, gets the maids to share with her what it's like being a maid and how they feel about things so she can write a book about it. The author actually grew up in the south and had a maid.
I was fascinated by this book which revealed a very different community from what I am used to. I liked how Abileen, the maid who took care of a little white girl used to tell her "secret" stories that were teaching her that people are people, whether black or white. It is entertaining to read what the maids thought of the families who employed them and is a thought-provoking book.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett has been on the best sellers list for a long time so I just had to find out for myself if it was that good--it is! The writing is superb! This is a novel, but you would think that the characters were actually real. It is about the early 60s when white people in the south had black maids and a young girl decides to write a book from the maid's perspective.
I enjoyed this book very much! It went fast and I was into it from beginning to end. I'd love to see this book made into a movie--it would be outstanding! Read this one, you won't be disappointed! (5+++ stars)
GERARD'S REVIEW (3/18/10)
See also: Bloggin' bout Books review: The Help A Pitch-Perfect Southern Masterpiece
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