Sunday, September 4, 2011

I may be the last one . . .

I may be the last person to jump on The Help bandwagon. I mean, seriously, I think everyone that I know has either read the book or seen the movie. I'm reading the book right now . . . before I go see the movie. I've gotta get crackin'!

Mom read this book last year. She's not really much of a reader. She reads a couple of books per year in addition to whatever Bible studies she's going through. But at the recommendation of a friend, she read The Help . . . and loved it! So of course, that got me curious. Then when I heard they were making it into a move . . . even more curious. I ordered it from Amazon a couple of weeks ago and started reading as soon as I could come up for air from some other obligations.

Only a few pages in, I can see what all the fuss is about. It's fantastic! Can't wait to see if the movie does the book justice!

Here's a little teaser for you in case you are one of the few (like me) who haven't read it yet.

I pick up a coffee cup, start drying it real good with my cloth. 

"Do you ever wish you could . . . change things?" she asks. 

And I can't help myself. I look at her head-on. She got a confused, disgusted look on her face, like she done salted her coffee instead a sugared it. 

I turn back to my washing, so she don't see me rolling my eyes. "Oh no, ma'am, everything's fine."

The Help, p. 12

Again, I'm only a few pages in, but already I can tell that Kathryn Stockett is a phenomenal writer. Using the dialect of black maids in the south in the 60s and the dialect of prissy white society women as well. Switching between three voices to tell the story. And ultimately telling a somewhat-based-on-truth story that people haven't really talked about before. Throw in the fact that this is her DEBUT novel ... what talent!

What did you think about The Help?

1 comment:

  1. are not the only one. I just bought it this weekend....and like you, want to read the book first before I see the movie!


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