... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE: Mae Mobley was born on a early Sunday morning in August, 1960.
Oh my giddy aunt!!!!! I loved this debut novel, what a fantastic read. A book I couldn't put down and yet at the same time didn't want to read as that would bring my time with Aibileen, Minny (my favourite) and Skeeter to an end.
A wonderful story of loyalty, friendship, courage, prejudice and dangerous times The Help tells the story of a multitude of women who I laughed and cried with, whom I loved and detested along with a smattering of men who it has said to be said are, on the whole, a pretty dismal bunch.
Told mainly by 'colored' maids Aibileen and Minny and 'white' Miss Skeeter (also known as Eugenia), the novel chronicles what happens when Skeeter embarks on ...... as if I'm going to tell you ....... which changes the lives of all three women.
Well researched, this is quite a scary book in that it is based in the early 60's (a relatively short time ago) when prejudice, segregation and discrimination were rife - the issue of the use of bathrooms for coloreds OR whites, a constant feature throughout the telling of the story, being a prime example of how ignorance breeds fear.
Ladies did you know that:
* 99% of all colored diseases are carried in the urine
* Whites can become permanently disabled by nearly all of these diseases because we lack immunities coloreds carry in their darker pigmentation
* Some germs carried by whites can also be harmful to coloreds too.
Protect yourself. Protect your children. Protect your help.
- From the Holbrooks.
Aah the delightful Hilly Holbrook (I mean this sarcastically of course), as much as I loved the funny, warm Minny, I detested this woman with all my being. Such ignorance, such prejudice, there was literally nothing to like about this character whom I'm sure was only concerned about the health of 'her help' in that their being ill may inconvenience the running of her household.
A truly wonderful read, If you only intend to read one more book this year then I highly recommend you consider this.
Book 31 in my 100+ Reading Challenge.