I wasn't sure I would like this book when I suggested it to my February book club. Still, I thought the premise sounded interesting and I convinced myI wasn't sure I would like this book when I suggested it to my February book club. Still, I thought the premise sounded interesting and I convinced myself that I ought read any novel that made such a huge splash as a debut novel. Turns out, I truly enjoyed every page of Stockett's The Help. She weaves the story seamlessly, beautifully. Life in Jackson, Mississippi becomes vivid and real as I read on. Her words even brought a sense of what kind of sweltering heat people in the South must endure on those hot days.
The 60s came to life as I read about these women, as I read about their lives, their journeys, their trials, tribulations and triumphs. What a fabulous novel, carefully and wonderfully crafted. Three women and one book about the good, the bad, and the ugly relations between white women of society and their black hired help.
Stockett breathes such life into these characters. Each woman has a distinct rhythm to their speech, their own concerns, their own attitudes. This novel evoked such strong emotions within me as I read on. As the book wore on, it was more and more difficult for me to spend much time away from it as I wondered how would it all turn out. There were several times that I laughed (Minny is especially funny with her attitude and observations) and other times where my heart grew tender (a scene between Celia Foote and Minny, the scenes where Skeeter and Celia are ostracized and left out), and still others where I was tense with fear wondering whether or not these women were going to be caught and what kind of consequences would they face if they were found out.
I am so grateful that I picked up this novel, and more importantly, that some people in my book club got to experience it with me. If you haven't picked it up yet, you should consider getting yourself a copy!...more
This book made me think of my own dog, who is a rescue pup. My dog wasn't nearly as "bad" as Marley in her habits, but I found that I could relate toThis book made me think of my own dog, who is a rescue pup. My dog wasn't nearly as "bad" as Marley in her habits, but I found that I could relate to some of what Grogan talks about in the book. There is an intense love that radiates from dogs towards their owners, and I particularly enjoyed reading the Grogan family journey with their crazy, fun-loving dog.
Since I'd seen the film, I was pretty sure that I wasn't going to cry. But of course I did. By the novel's end, even though I knew what was coming, it was emotionally moving to read about one man's loss. I felt saddened, but also, comforted in the knowledge that it was what was best for Marley. It made me consider the day when I will inevitably have to face losing my own dog, and so that led to me crying in a public place. (I was at the NHL draft when I finished reading it, so I was walking around the arena, misty-eyed. My friend joked that people were going to think that I was upset that the NHL draft was over.)
I usually avoid non-fiction books like the plague. I like my entertainment to be fictional, fun, breezy reads. Non-fiction, in my head, translates to not-fun, not-breezy, and more challenging overall. Not so with Grogan's book. He writes conversationally. It's as if you're sitting around in his dining room watching it all unfold, or as if an old friend is telling you stories about his crazy dog. This made it easier for me to read, and more enjoyable for someone like me.
In any case, I enjoyed the read and encourage other dog lovers to pick up a copy and read it....more
Good stuff here. More myth and a thickening plot in the second installment of Percy Jackson & the Olympians makes this book even better, I think,Good stuff here. More myth and a thickening plot in the second installment of Percy Jackson & the Olympians makes this book even better, I think, than the first. I particularly enjoyed the cliffhanger ending, the humorous explanation of how retail chains spread so quickly, and the action spread through the novel from the very get-go.
Perhaps what I found most touching and realistic was the subtle message to kids that they ought to look beyond exterior appearances and learn to appreciate someone for who they are and the kind of heart they have. ...more