Blog Post part 1
For my second IR book this semester I chose The Help by Kathryn Stockett. This book has been recommended to me many times so I decided to check it out.
I’m very happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed! It comes from the perspective of three women: Skeeter, Minny, and Aibileen. I enjoyed reading the chapters from different perspectives, as each of the different characters had their own distinct voice. They all lead their own separate lives, but are connected to each other by their involvement in the creation of a book of interviews about the hired help in Mississippi. Because of the multiple different stories and perspectives in this book, the plot is very interesting and never really slows down too much.
Being set in early 1960s Mississippi, there are still a lot of racial tensions and prejudice. The book is largely focused on this and how it affects the main characters. Miss Skeeter is a white woman who aspires to be a journalist. She wants to write a piece (as mentioned before) about what life is like for the African American help. Aibileen, and later Minny, who are both African American women who work for white families, agree to let her interview them. This is when the three characters’ stories start to get more linked as they all get fully involved in the writing of the book.
This book is a bit like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The settings are similar, and characters in both books have to deal with racial injustices and violence towards African Americans. The book To Kill a Mockingbird is actually mentioned quite a few times in The Help.
Overall, I am looking forward to reading the second half of this book and finding out what is going to happen to the book of interviews and the characters.