Sunday, 24 July 2011

The Help- Kathryn Stockett.

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I just finished reading 'The Help' by Kathryn Stockett based on the lives of African-American maids in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. It is a truly beautiful book that focuses in on two maids- Aibileen and Minny, working for white families and a white woman, Skeeter Phelan. It expresses the boundaries all three cross in mutual friendship and fighting for change. Below is my favourite quote from this extraordinary tale where the maid Aibileen speaks to Mae Mobley,the white child in her care about Martin Luther King,  

"Today I'm on tell you bout a man from outer space." She just loves hearing about peoples from outer space. Her favorite show on the tee-vee is My Favorite Martian, I pull on my antennae hats I shaped last night out a tin foil, fasten em on our heads. One for her and one for me. We look like we a couple a crazy people in them things. 
"One day, a wise Martian come down to Earth to teach us people a thing or two," I say. 
"Martian? How big?" 
"oh, he about six-two." 
"What's his name?" 
"Martian Luther King." 
She take a deep breath and lean her head down on my shoulder. I feel her three-year-old heart racing against mine, flapping like butterflies on my white uniform. 
"He was a real nice Martian, Mister King. Looked just like us, nose, mouth, hair up on his head, but sometime people looked at him funny and sometime, well, I guess sometime people was just downright mean." 
I coul get in a lot a trouble telling her these little stories, especially with Mister Leefolt. But Mae Mobley know these our "secret stories". 
"Why Aibee? Why was they so mean to him?" she ask. 
"Cause he was green." 

Apparently I read this book just in time, as the film of it is coming out next month. I totally missed all the buzz surrounding it- don't know how! 

Read this book! And if you have read it, what did you think?


  1. I didn't know they were making a film! I want to see it. I love this book

  2. i've never read this book - sounds interesting! i'll have to check it out.

  3. I've heard so much about this book. I really should read it before the movie comes out.

  4. I've read this book and I really enjoyed it (which was a nice surprise since it's outside of my normal genre). I'll be interested to see the film when it comes out because I think it will translate across from page to screen well. Glad you liked it too!

  5. I still haven't read this, but everyone keeps saying how great it was. I'll definitely add it to my to-read list!


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