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June 30th, 2012

Saturday, June 30th, 2012 01:22 pm
(I took care to give no obvious spoilers about the story)

Title: The Help (on Librarything)
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Language: English
Series: no
Format: paperback
Pages: 451
Publisher: Penguin
Year published: original 2009, my edition 2011
ISBN number: 9780241956540
Topic of the book: 1960s, Mississippi (America), racial issues ('black' and 'white'), history
Reason for reading: A friend recommended it and I borrowed this book from her.
Recommended: Yes!!! If your English is good enough that you can easily read the first paragraph, go read it! Though there is a Dutch translation as well ("Een keukenmeidenroman"), I can't judge the quality of the translation.

Back cover text:
Enter a vanished world:
Jackson, Mississippi, 1962.
Where black maids raise white children,
but aren't trusted not to steal the silver...

There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from college, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.

Skeet, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell...

Comments on the back cover text:
I didn't read the back cover text before reading the book. This one doesn't really give spoilers, but if you don't read it, you don't know that.

First paragraph:
Chapter 1
August 1962

Mae Mobley was born on a early Sunday morning in August, 1960. A church baby we like to call it. Taking care a white babies, that's what I do, along with all the cooking and the cleaning. I done raised seventeen kids in my lifetime. I know how to get them babies to sleep, stop crying, and go in the toilet bowl before they mamas even get out a bed in the morning.

Comments on the first paragraph:
This is the writing style of the Aibileen and Minny chapters. The Skeeter chapters are in regular English, but when you get to those, at least I was already very used to this writing style. I can imagine someone could have a bit more difficulty reading this, though.

Read it here.