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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Jul 18, 2011

Read from July 18 to August 03, 2011

I have to say it - it made me uncomfortable. I understand why it's popular and I also understand why there's a backlash against it.

I didn't mind the dialect at first - I love figuring out phonetically how people are speaking, myself. But to do that in such a broad way for an African-American character and not at all for white Mississippians... who have some of the deepest accents in the South....

Uncomfortable.

What made me most uncomfortable was that all of these maids ended up in the service of a white woman again, to get "her" book written. It made me feel guilty of being patronizing by association.

And I think a whole lot was left out.

I think it's a good story. I think Stockett is talented. I would rather have read this subject from an African-American point of view. That's not Stockett's fault, but I sure would like to read a book with an alternative POV now.
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message 1: by Gary (new)

Gary This book is getting close to the top of my to read list. Really appreciate hearing your thoughts on the books.


Manal Maybe she's a white African American like Constantine's daughter. She sounded very convincing and very critical of white southerner's attitude.


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