Saturday, October 15, 2011

"The Help" Review

I picked up The Help by Kathryn Stockett in August. 

I have to start out by admitting that I saw the movie before I read the book. I don't prefer to do things in that order but that's how timing works sometimes. At first, I couldn't get the characters from the movie out of my mind. I do think they matched up with the book fairly well, but the book did offer more depth and explanation than the movie depicted. By the middle of the book, I had mostly forgotten the movie and was engrossed in the book as though hearing the story for the first time.

I loved story. And after talking to some friends from the south, I think it could be more than a "story" -- it could be real. I had later heard that the author used her own family story as a guide in her writing. 

This book made me think a lot about the current state of racism and slavery.  We often think that those things are long gone and don't affect us anymore -- but that's not true. I won't go into that now, but its helpful to remember that the 50's weren't that long ago and we aren't that far removed from it.

1 comment:

Brenda said...

I read this book a while ago and I loved it! I'd like to see the movie but I just have not gotten around to it.