Enter a vanished world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver . . .
There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.
Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they’d be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell . . .
I borrowed this eBook from the library a couple of days ago – as I mentioned in my last post Kobo Touch eReader (and the excitement of being able to borrow eBooks from the library from my computer at home). I really, really enjoyed it.
The book is written from the point of view of three different people; Miss Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. Miss Skeeter is a young, white lady; and Aibileen and Minny are two coloured maids who are best friends. I really enjoy when books are written from different characters’ points of view. I feel it brings something extra to the book.
The story follows the lives of the three women and how through a journalistic desire of Miss Skeeter’s to record the realistic treatment of coloured maids, good and bad, they are brought together. With the threat of being discovered constantly at their backs; you experience with them the hope, anger, sorrow and triumph of risking everything to break down the barriers between the whites and coloureds.
Not too long ago, my husband and I watched the movie (which we loved) so i was familiar with the storyline. Even though I knew the outcome, it didn’t make a difference in experiencing the worry of how it would turn out.
The movie and book differ slightly however there aren’t too many drastic changes and I feel the way that the movie is different works well. So if you’ve read the book, I would definitely recommend watching the movie and vice versa.
I’m definitely watching the movie again this weekend.