Elizabeth (Alaska)'s Reviews > The Help
This was sent to me by a dear online friend, but unfortunately I cannot read it. It opens in the voice of Aibileene, a black housekeeper, who speaks pidgin English, while her white employer does not even have a southern accent. Set in 1962, it is obvious this is going to become a civil rights story. While I will quite agree that this story needs to be told, just as holocaust stories need to be told, in order that we don't repeat the mistakes of the past, I cannot feel good about its trying to do so while spotlighting blacks in a derogatory way. I'm sure it was the author's intention that they display their superiority to some whites in attitude, but certainly it is unnecessary to, at the same time, display their ignorance, make caricatures of them. With whom am I to feel a connection here? It appears that the heroine of the story is one who sows seeds of dissent. I cannot help but feel some irony in that.
Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Help.Sign In »