06 March 2011

The Help ~ Kathryn Stockett

**** RECOMMEND ****

Tournament of Books : 2010

I resisted this for too long!
A great period & place piece.

There were some stridently negative reviews on Amazon that made me delay in buying this (very critical of the vernacular being wrong, the lack of understanding of racism, offensive in its representations of the south).

But, in spite of the fact that there may be truth in these above criticisms, I really enjoyed this read. The characters were lively and interesting. The plot developed a a good pace and was funny and compelling. I thought the use of voice was well executed with the story being told from different perspectives.