So, the lack of Internet and two jobs has kept me from really blogging, but hasn’t kept me from reading!
I finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett last week. This book highlights the complicated relationships between black maids and their white employers in the South at the height of the Civil Rights movement. While reading this book, I couldn’t help but hear the voice of my media studies/US history professor in the back of my head saying that this book paints an enchanted picture of what life was like for everyone.* But I have to disagree. There were so many moments when I felt uncomfortable, when I wanted to put the book down, or I had to stop, just to take a breath and step away from the injustices of the world.
And please understand that the main plot line is fictional. I think that Stockett felt a lot of emotions while writing this book because she was raised by a black maid that she grew very close to. But I think a lot of the book is about her guilt, and what she wishes she could have had the courage to do. That’s why she came up with the story and the characters of Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter. I don’t doubt that women like this existed, but that the actual circumstance would have been very difficult to live out in reality. In lieu of any kind of justification, she tells the story.
There were terrible parts, wonderful, heartwarming parts, and unbelievably difficult parts, but these are women that I could not at all relate to. I’m glad I couldn’t, because I imagine feeling an unwarranted amount of guilt for a situation I had nothing to do with.
I am happy I read this book, but I am glad to now be reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in preparation for the film, and to take a step away from (as my bf C puts it) “mom-fiction”. And I am ready to move on to a new genre of book. I think we will be getting on to our Lolita project soon. And I may be exploring nonfiction shortly after that.
Now for the interactive part! Beloved Readers, I am trying to come up with a rating system for the books I read, and I wonder, what would be helpful to you? Or do you just read my blog because you love me, and are my friends on FB? I appreciate that as well.
Until next time, happy reading, and happy Horcrux hunting!
*I greatly admire this professor and highly value her opinion, and have learned enough from my education to argue a point I believe in. If you are reading, please don’t be mad at me. You have influenced everything I have written since leaving your classroom.