Saturday, August 21, 2010
Give Me Another Helping of "The Help"
I recently finished reading "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett (Amazon Link). There has been some controversy about this book in terms of its historical accuracy. However, this issue does not concern me at all. I enjoy historical fiction for what it is. This novel has merit beyond factual information. Through the genuineness of the characters and relatability of the themes, the novel has literary value. "The Help" follows three characters' paths living in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960's. Two of the narrators are African American who work for households as maids. The characters come across as real and likeable. Racial tensions are always under the surface in this book as well as gender issues. What's beautiful about this book, though, is that it captures universal human experiences of love, loss, and connection. Also, the book gives you just what you expect some of the time and then takes a turn when you don't expect it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As any good book should be, it was like a delicious, satisfying meal leaving me wanting a second helping.
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