The Help is true, heart-breaking and hilarious.
The best thing about this story to me, was the truth behind the smiling faces. I actually grew up in this Southern atmosphere and sadly still know of towns that underneath the facade of tolerance, the racism still runs deep. It is still extremely relevant.
The narrators bring the flavor of the South to life. You can actually SEE them from their voices, along with the pain, humiliation, and great humor.
One of the more memorable moments in the book was when a lady who had cared for children all of her life, had to walk away from a crying (bereft) white child because she had been fired for nothing. She LOVED those children, and knew she had no choice but to walk away. As she had so many times before.
The Help should be a must read in High School in conjunction with history. Our younger generations can't understand why African-Americans feel the way they do about our white culture. It seems this book could enlighten students of all races.
Jan Karon always delivers a wonderful story. I have enjoyed all of the Mitford series. The change in narrator was distracting. I have come to love the soothing voice of John McDonough. He is Father Tim to me and I miss his voice in this book. I miss him and all of the characters that filled my imagination throughout the series. After that being said, it is still a heartwarming story worth either listening to or reading.
This book satisfies lovers of the Harry Potter series and the Chronicles of Narnia. I loved both Inkheart and Inkspell. They take you into another world and hold you enthralled!
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