Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help does not sugar coat the reality. For that, I am thankful. Stockett shows not only the way these families treated their "help" but also their children... leaving them to be seen but not heard until Mother was ready to show them off.. and then they had better be perfect. I knew children who grew up like this... still do.. it is beyond sad.
I love that Stockett shows the relationship between the "help" and the children. While we only had a maid a few years of my young life and my mother, who worked outside the home, didn't neglect or ignore me, I loved Josephine. She was, to me, family. I pray she felt that way about us. I would hate to think she felt we saw her as the women in this book see the maids who work for them.
I have heard a few folks criticize this book and the movie. But, for the most part, I hear praise for it. It is a delightfully sweet and accurate portrait of a far from sweet time in our history.