I am new to these forums! Is anybody else reading the current Book Club book, The Help? I've just recieved it today from Amazon, really looking forward to reading it :)
Hiya and welcome to the forums! What a nice early Christmas present! I'm keen to read this book too as friends have said good things about it but not sure when I'll get around to it. Here's hoping it's in my Christmas stocking!
And don't forget to post your thoughts in the Book Club review section!
Best wishes, Robyn
Robyn Bateman (member of the Platform team)
Hello - I'm new too and just downloaded this book onto my christmas pressie kindle - looking forward to reading it
I am new too and already enjpying reading this. But find joining and signing up etc not easy or friendly.
This was a book that really got me thinking - although the story is fiction, it is true to life in the 50s and 60s - just one decade before I was born. Thank goodness things have changed so much.
I initially found reading the book quite difficult as it is written as the characters would speak - but as I became accustomed to it this became less of an effort. I grew to love most of the characters (with the exception of Hilly - who could ever like her!!) and felt great admiration for Skeeter.
The best bit of the book however for me was right at the end - the part where Kathryn Stockett described her inspiration for the book and briefly described her childhood experiences. It was fairly easy to match characters in the book to those of her past.............making the historical relevance of the book even more "real-life".
My daughter was learning about apartheid, Martin Luther-King and Nelson Mandella at school at the same time as I was reading this book - and it provided another insight into a world that seems a million years away to the younger generation (thank goodness).
I'm not certain that I would recommend this book as a "good story" to read; but I certainly think that it should be read as a reminder of how things in the past were not always better.