It's short, with not many words on each page. This caused me to read each word individually, in a way I usually don't, almost like I was rSpectacular.
It's short, with not many words on each page. This caused me to read each word individually, in a way I usually don't, almost like I was reading aloud. This didn't get in the way, but allowed me to savor the experience.
There is so much packed into each section-- emotion, ideas, empathy, and a meaningful story.
The scenario was interesting, and the characters were great, particularly in the growth over the course of the book. I loved that it didn't go for theThe scenario was interesting, and the characters were great, particularly in the growth over the course of the book. I loved that it didn't go for the easy answers. ...more
The beauty of this book is in the characters, particularly the three leads. The South of the 1960s is aThis is one of my favorite books of the year.
The beauty of this book is in the characters, particularly the three leads. The South of the 1960s is a character unto itself, a highly segmented society in a world that is changing around it.
Skeeter was raised to be a Southern woman-- her purpose in life was supposed to be getting married, having children, and running a household (with the assistance of the help). Her mother is ashamed that Skeeter graduated from college without finding a husband, but Skeeter isn't so sure this is the end of the world.
Skeeter is ready to move into a new era. She'd like to work as a journalist. She'd like to have her writing published, not just her household tips, but something more.
She's given an amazing opportunity-- if she writes about something she REALLY cares about, it will be read by someone with the power to make something happen.
As she looks at her life, she realizes that a very important set of players is consistently overlooked-- the help, the black women that do the day to day work of running the households and raising the children. These women are not treated with respect, and Skeeter wants to tell their stories.
Doing this is a risk for Skeeter, but the risk the black women are taking is incredible. This is one of the reasons that hearing the different viewpoints was so powerful-- I wouldn't have been able to feel this fear as thoroughly if I'd only had Skeeter's view.
Aibileen is the first person to agree to work with Skeeter. She's also a writer, although if Skeeter's chances of being published are small, Aibileen's are non-existent. This doesn't stop her from watching everything around her with a writers eyes.
Aibileen mostly accepts her role in society, but she isn't happy about it. She loves taking care of young children, and has been handed the raising of her current charges.
Minny is the other lead on the project, although she is far less willing than Aibileen. She doesn't trust Skeeter at all, since Skeeter is white. Minny is a strong, sassy woman who has made mistakes in her own personal life.
Going back and forth between the three characters, seeing how it took all of them to make Skeeter's book happen, and seeing the effect the book has on everyone in the community was compelling reading.
The book did an amazing job of telling the story of the society of the time by showing us these three women and their lives. There were some funny moments, as well as many touching ones and outright sad ones. There were beautiful tales of love and respect between some of the pairs of white and black women.
I listened to the audio version of this book, and I think it is one of the best audio productions I've listened to, and really added to my enjoyment of the book. Hearing the different voices for the 3 characters really helped them come alive for me....more
My faith in humanity has been increased, just a little, by the success of this book. I was very happy that the non-technical as well the ner4.5 stars.
My faith in humanity has been increased, just a little, by the success of this book. I was very happy that the non-technical as well the nerdy folks in my book club all enjoyed reading and discussing it.
This book does what it sets out to do perfectly. It's an (almost) completely believable story of someone being stranded on Mars and surviving out of ingenuity and sheer perseverance. The story was compelling, and the characters were believable in their roles.
Rereading The Book Thief after almost 3 years was interesting. When I read it the first time, I found it a suffocatingly stressful read. This reactionRereading The Book Thief after almost 3 years was interesting. When I read it the first time, I found it a suffocatingly stressful read. This reaction surprised my book club, who (in spite of the subject matter) didn't find it so overwhelming.
This time, it didn't hit me the same way, and I was much more able to appreciate the characters and events in the story.
Read May 2007 for Mc book club Read March 2010 for LM Book Club...more
I read this book for a book club. It's interesting how much we all shared the same experience reading The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell. For the firI read this book for a book club. It's interesting how much we all shared the same experience reading The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell. For the first half of the book, none of us were thrilled by it, and wondered what exactly we were going to discuss. It started picking up about halfway through, and by the end, we were all hooked. After discussing it (and there was a lot to talk about), we all liked it even more. We agreed it is a book that would stand up well to rereading, to look at the entire book in the light of the ending.
The book is very well crafted, and much of this doesn't become apparent until the very end....more