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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Jan 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, social-commentary, book-club, 1960s
Read from January 12 to 23, 2011

There've been a lot of reviews about this, but I think the thing I like most is the way the recording by four different readers lets you get inside the heads of these women. It's a superb performance.

The setting of the early 60s is unknown to me, as I was the age of some of the children Aibeleen is bringing up, but I get a great sense of what live might have been like then and there in the South, which is a credit to the author who's a couple decades too young to have been there to experience what she was writing about.

My only complaint about the book is not that I was exactly hoping for a more definite ending, but that I got so engrossed in the lives of the characters that I want to know what happens to them after the story ends. Stockett leaves us wanting more, which I guess is good for an author's first work.
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Mark Okay... you've convinced me,... I'll read (audio CD), this one.

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