Friday, March 25, 2011

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t."

I'd heard about this from other bloggers then my sister mentioned she had started reading a copy lent by her mother-in-law while she was in New Zealand and was going to have to download it onto her iPad to finish reading it since she had to leave the book behind when she came home. My mum has since bagged herself a copy and read it so a multiply recommended book, and with good reason. I loved it. The last book I read that was written from multiple viewpoints didn't work but this made up for that bad experience. Excellently written, each character's voice was unique and matched to the character. Three women bravely breaking outside the boundaries other people make for a wonderful story with a perfectly awful antagonist in Hilly.  I literally couldn't put it down ... and the pile of ironing waiting is testament to that.

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