Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Turn The Page Tuesday- The Help

I've been busier than a one armed paper hanger but I did get this book read.
It is one of the best novels I have read in a long time.
"The Help" is one of those books you keep thinking of long after you finish turning the pages.
These characters stay with you and become part of your life.

This book tells about lady's in the deep south, the maids and the families that they worked for.
It seems the area this book was set in had been left in the past of great prejudice's. The help at most times where treated no better than the slaves.

I keep thinking about the relationship of Abileen, the colored maid who loves and cares for May Mobley, a little white girl who's own mama has little feeling for her  daughter.

Abileen wants May Mobley to grow up and be a nice person with out the mean prejudice's like her mother.

Here is a passage out of the book:

 Miss Leefolt just now noticing her child ain't setting in the same room with her. "She out here with me, Miss Leefolt," I say through the screen door.
 "I told you to eat in your high chair, May Mobley. How I ended up with you when all my friends have angels I just don't know..." But then the phone ring and I hear her stomping off to get it.
 I look down at Baby Girl, see how her forehead's all wrinkled up between the eyes. She studying hard on something.
 I touch her cheek. "You alright, baby?"
 She say, "May Mo bad."
 Then  she say it, like it's a fact, make my insides hurt.
 Mae Mobley," I say cause I got a notion to try something. "You a smart girl?"
 She just look at me like she don't know.
 "You a smart girl," I say again.
 She say, Mae Mo smart."
 I say, "You a kind little girl?"
 She just look at me. She two years old. She don't know what she is yet.
 I say, "You a kind girl," and she nod, repeat it back to me. But before I can do another one, she get up and chase that poor dog around the yard and laugh and that's when I get to wondering, what would happen if I told her she something good, ever day?

I haven't watched the movie that just came out but if it's anything like the book it will be very good!

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Adrienne said...

Isn't is one of the best books ever!!!! So glad you liked it - the movie does a good job of sticking with the book - you should see it ... And bring your Kleenex - you will cry all over again!

Paula said...

I LOVE that book and the movie was pretty darn good too!

Jill said...

"... one armed paper hanger"... heeh, never heard that one! :)

I haven't seen the movie yet, either, but read The Help over the summer... I hear they did a pretty good job.

Nyuki said...

That was one of the best books I read this year!

Debi said...

I loved this book... haven't seen the movie yet but heard it was as good as the book.

tipper said...

One of my all time favorite books-I didn't want it too end-EVER : )

Love the rest stop post below-how cute : )