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The Help
Reviewed by- linda (2010/02/10, 05:58 PM)
This is an entertaining story that takes place in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. Initially I did not like the deep southern dialect of the two maids, but once I accepted this, I was drawn into the book and was able to appreciate its full impact. It deals with a serious topic, what it's like for a black maid to work for and serve a white family, and is full of witty observations, poignant moments and sad events. There are also some humorous moments. Kathryn Stockett makes the characters and setting in this book come alive. She does this through phenomenal character development and descriptions of life in Mississippi during the 60's that feel authentic. She allows you deep into the psyche of these characters which persuades you to see them as real people with feelings and hope and above all else courage. I was angered by some of the events that unfolded and intrigued by others. The strength of the book is not only the relationships between the black maids and the white employers, but also the black maids and the white children in their care. Itís interesting; the bonding between child and caretaker does not know racial prejudice. In short this is a nicely written book that will surely stimulate lots of discussion, an excellent book club choice. Itís also a wonderful story with characters you care about. Some of the characters and events will resonate with you a long time after you finish this book. I recommend to anyone looking for a light but absorbing read with emotional pull or those who are drawn to books about the south or civil rights.Back.

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