Thursday, April 21, 2011
Book Review: The Help
Even though I read on a Kindle, I still like to go to the book store and look at books. I like to look at the covers and read the back of the book. I had picked up this book several times, but just now had downloaded it to my Kindle. It took me a long time to read this book. I kept thinking "this is going to turn out bad and I don't want to know" so I wouldn't read. That doesn't mean that it wasn't a good book, it was a good book! This is the story of black maids/nannies in Jackson Mississippi in the early 60's. Just when the civil rights movements were taking place. The book tells the stories of several maids and the hard life that they were living. The work was hard, and their employers were even harder. It also tells of how much the maids love the families and children they took care of despite how horrible they were treated. The maids are telling their stories to a white lady in secret and she in turns writes a book in secret. They sneak around and live in fear while telling their stories. The tension in the book builds and builds and then in the end it turns out OK. The book kinda just ends, and I wish that maybe more good would have come from them telling their stories!