Book Club: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

November 14, 2012

Image from The Book Depository.

As I mentioned in my last review, my book club read this a while ago….and I neglected to post a review….. so we will see how my memory serves me!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett was a great read. Fascinating and concerning, convicting and humourous.

Set in Jackson Mississippi in the 1960’s, the book falls into the category of historical fiction, but reads like the ‘book within a book’. This was a time of segregation, violence and the silencing of half the community.

The story swaps between three different narrators, two  African American maids and the educated child of a well off white family.

It’s a story about telling your story. Speaking up for what is right and good, whatever the price. It’s also a story about love, genuine friendship and secrets.

We loved it.

I think it helped that Australia didn’t share in this type of oppression and segregation….although we have other issues! It would be hard to read as an American…I would imagine, especially if you grew up during this time and thoughtlessly went along with it!

Image from The Book Depository

We thought we were all capable of this same sort of ‘following along with the norm’.

We talked about what issues are with us that would cost to speak out about, but are compelled to.

We felt quite trapped in the ‘mind your own business’ mentality we live in.

Those of us that had seen the movie thought it had left out a pivotal experience, which resulted in the movie missing the gravitas the book achieved. Did anyone else experience this?

All in all a great read and a fabulous holiday read ….if you are looking for something this summer.

Next book: This Charming Man by Marian Keyes.



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