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In Review: The Help

 

I'm still reading the book, which is awesome so far and a smidge darker than the film, but here's what I thought of the movie version:

 

The Help

Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) are unlikely friends. Aibileen is withdrawn, respectful, and religious whereas Minny is opinionated and outspoken, traits that keep landing her in trouble. But these two women's support for each other is unwavering, and helps them survive the difficult realities of being black maids for white families in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s.

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The Help


Hi Camerin, I'd love to read your thoughts on the book when you finish it. I thought the writing was fantastic--as many reviews have said, the voices are pitch-perfect. And Skeeter is a great character for all of us single girls to empathize with; I'm sure that in the 1960s, 22 felt more like 35 when you were not married. I would just say about the book that as a black woman, I was disappointed that the only character that seems to have any real prospects at the end of the story is Skeeter--she gets to go off to NYC and live her dream of working in publishing/writing. More realistic than a fabulous resolution for the black characters, too, perhaps, but still disappointing. And then of course, there's the issue of the maids being given voice only because Skeeter has noticed them. But that's another discussion... On another note, I love your writing and am so glad you've got a forum to share it with the world again. God's best to you today and in the future.
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