Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

by Elise Wirth

The Help by Kathryn Stockett is great because it makes you want to continue reading. Not once during the book did I feel bored. The thing I liked most was the language and writing style. Stockett chose to use improper grammar, spelling words in a way that creates a southern accent when reading. This made the book more fun to read because you imagined yourself down south watching the events happen and giving each character a defined voice, something you usually only get in movies. Another great quality of the book were its descriptions. They were not overdone or dragged out. They were to the point and created imagery where you could have your own interpretation of what everyone and everything looked like but you also had a good deal of detailed descriptions with which to work.

Another reason this book is so fabulous is its structure. Each chapter is in the life of a different character just like a movie is sometimes structured. There is no single perspective from which you experience the story. Of course you mostly get the main character, Aibileen's perspective. However you also get a feel for everyone else’s emotions and lives. Last, this book is great because it is historically accurate without being a boring nonfiction book. You get to see many different views on black people during the early 60s in the South, bringing light to the fact that not all white people were horrible during this racially oppressive era.

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