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message 1: by Missy Ann (new)

Missy Ann (missyanntx) | 63 comments Discussion thread for Chapters 1-11.


message 2: by Missy Ann (new)

Missy Ann (missyanntx) | 63 comments Started this last night. It's so interesting already. Finished 6 or 7 chapters before I knew it.


message 3: by MelissaC Corum (new)

MelissaC Corum | 30 comments I'll download and start here before bed tonight. Will chime in tomorrow hopefully.


message 4: by MelissaC Corum (new)

MelissaC Corum | 30 comments I am really, really enjoying this book. I'm through the first week's reading already. From some reviews I've read complaining about the language, I expected true dialect, but this isn't even close to a dialect. As a matter of fact, it is easier to read than the Stacia Kane Downside dialect.


message 5: by Missy Ann (new)

Missy Ann (missyanntx) | 63 comments "easier to read than the Stacia Kane Downside dialect" hahahaha & correct!

I love watching the language shift from character to character.

And I already have my suspicions about that the secret in Skeeter's house is.


message 6: by MelissaC Corum (new)

MelissaC Corum | 30 comments I wonder about the situation with Celia. I get it that she's depressed, probably, and terrified of being sent back to Sugar Ditch. But that blood? Miscarriage?


message 7: by Missy Ann (new)

Missy Ann (missyanntx) | 63 comments Stupid addictive book.

Well, I finally "met" Mr. Johnny last night. I thought he was going to be some supreme asshole... but he's not. Which makes me wonder all the more what the hell is up with Celia?

Hyper insecure, and everyone else is giving her the Mean Girls treatment - but there's got to be a lot more going on with her.


message 8: by MelissaC Corum (new)

MelissaC Corum | 30 comments Oh man, oh man. I stayed up waaaaayyy too late last night, trying to finish. I even have it with me here at work today. LOVE. Hurry up and finish so we can talk about it. LOL


message 9: by Karen (new)

Karen | 68 comments Mod
You girls are making me so jealous! I wish I could have participated in this one. :( I'm still stuck in the middle of PoTE!


message 10: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn (seeford) I tried to pace myself, but I couldn't - read it all in three sittings (stayed up until 3am one night, could not put that sucker down!)

Having said that, one of the things that I noticed about the dialect was that, though all of the characters are from the Deep South, only the black characters 'speak' with a dialect. Now, I'm from NYC myself, and have lived in Virginia now for 15 years, and I can say that "y'all" is definitely spoken this far north (and still grates on my nerves) - it is very telling that none of the white women in the book ever speak in less than 'educated queen's english'. Seeing as how the writer is a white woman from Mississippi now living in NYC, I find that to be a bit of a snobbery.


message 11: by Missy Ann (new)

Missy Ann (missyanntx) | 63 comments I think that maybe in that place and at that time the white women purposefully spoke differently than the black women.

It's all about race, but there's a lot of class conflict going on too. Example when Celia drank straight from the medicine bottle and Minny thought "trashy".

I may finish the damn book tonight too, I was only going to read 4 chapters last night, ended up reading about 7.


message 12: by MelissaC Corum (new)

MelissaC Corum | 30 comments I do think some of the "proper" speak from the white women is a class thing. Remember, these are the upper crust ladies (well, except for poor Celia). They are college educated in the 60s.


message 13: by Missy Ann (new)

Missy Ann (missyanntx) | 63 comments And I can't pinpoint the exact example, but I know as a child I heard the admonishment "blacks do that".

I'm also thinking that this book should be required reading for everyone with Latino help.


message 14: by Carolyn (last edited Oct 01, 2010 01:01PM) (new)

Carolyn (seeford) MelissaC wrote: "I do think some of the "proper" speak from the white women is a class thing. Remember, these are the upper crust ladies (well, except for poor Celia). They are college educated in the 60s."

Yes, they are, but my point was that there should still be a 'southern' dialect going on for the white women as well. If I'm hearing y'all from people raised in Virginia, and y'all from my family members in northern Georgia, why wouldn't we hear any y'alls from women in the Deep South? (all white, btw)


message 15: by Missy Ann (new)

Missy Ann (missyanntx) | 63 comments Going back and looking at some of the passages I highlighted...

You see her (Elizabeth) in the Jitney 14 grocery, you never think she go and leave her baby crying in her crib like that. But the help always know.

I've got to whole heartedly agree with this. I have a cleaning lady Norma, she also cleans for some of the teachers in the district. Well, when one of the local teachers was arrested on child porn charges we were talking about it. And Norma said to me "Well when I clean their houses I've never seen anything wrong. They all seem nice."

So in 2010 Texas know that your maid may let leaving the baby in the crib pass, but she will drop a dime on you if she sees illegal stuff. :)


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