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This was a good read overall, a few confusing parts throughout that I had to stop and reread but still a good story. Without knowing, I was thinking that this was the last book to the series until the last 4 chapters and then the huge cliffhanger that was presented at the end. Now I must wait and see....
The Help proved to be one of the more moving books I've read this year. Kathryn Stockett executed marvelously the portrayal of the relationship between domestic help and their white employers in 60's Jackson. Stockett tells the story of the courage of three women to overcome the times they were given and provided a window into the good and compassionate moments as well as the horrific racism present in Mississippi during this decade. Watching these characters grow throughout the novel was exciting and touching as they shed the skins their upbringing has given them and grow into their new and independent selves. The use of three different narrators was, at first, difficult to become accustomed to. A few chapters in, however, this style really allows you to hear the voices, see the characters, and feel their plight. A bold move by a first time other that paid off in full. Read It.
This book failed terribly. I kept thinking about just returning it (thank goodness it was from the library!), but one part finally clinched it. The author goes into a detailed list of the "seven high races" of their world and EVERY single name sounds like randomly generated gibberish. I was worried about memorizing all of the countless races when I suddenly stumbled upon the "seven low races." I can handle memorizing many new races and names, but not when they're so blatantly thrown in my face all at once. It just isn't good writing: Show, don't tell. Plus, the book was hugely preachy. I'm fine with Christian fiction (I'm a Christian myself), but I don't like it when a book sounds so strongly like a sermon.
The novel is, in my opinion, a masterpiece from the point of view that it manages to play very well with the reader's feelings and attitude towards the main character according to who is telling the story - whereas in the first part you almost feel sympathetic and you somewhat understand the way of thinking of the character and his actions, when you get to read the journal passages the girl writes you discover how horrified she was of everything and how awful she felt throughout the whole time she was captive. From a psychological point of view, it is the first book i read that actually makes you enter the mind of the character and makes you understand him only to change your perspective to 180 degrees afterwards. After reading, you might even feel a bit shocked that you got to agree with what is, after all, a kidnapper. Still, at the same time it makes you wander what is normality after all and who defines it. Also - how can you convince someone of their insanity when their actions are perfectly justified for them?
Just A terrific book. Kelley Armstrong is a brilliant writer. :)