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I spotted on some earlier threads that quite a few people had The Help lined up to read and I was wondering if anyone had finished it yet? We did it for Book Club and I didn't fancy it all but ended up loving it. What a great book - amazing characters and emotions - sad, funny, sinister, scary. I even missed my tube stop one night I was so gripped by it. Very satisfying.
I'm half way through it Pan and I'm loving it, really easy to get into and I read a bit each night before bed - I wish I had more time otherwise I'd race through it.
Hi Everyone,I read this, and thought it was excellent.Their attitude was unbelievable wasn't it? The servants were allowed to shop in the white supermarkets for their employers goods,but not allowed to go shopping in there for themselves!I can recommend it.Best Wishes.Stephanie
I read this with my Book Group a few months ago and really enjoyed it. Easy to read and a really good story. Their attitudes certainly were amazing!!If you Google "The California Literary Review" they have a review plus lots of Americans writing in with their views. Goes on and on, but some interesting comments from people who lived through that time, both black and white.
Downloaded this to my Kindle yesterday, along with The Lovely Bones. Looking forward to reading both of them.
careful Liz- i read that when it first came out and i was commuting to london every day...had to pretend i wasn't crying on the train!
Like Expat Badger i read The Lovely Bones when it first came out and cried buckets.I purchased The Help i'm half way through and put it to one side as i'm not realy enjoying it.Yesterday I read The Slap from start to finish,i could not put it down!Boo x
I read that one with the book group last year and everyone enjoyed it. With The Help there was only one who disliked it.Boo - glad you liked 'The Slap' - I couldn't stop reading it either, although I disliked a lot of the characters!!!
Had this as "a perhaps" but after reading the last 2 posts will order it from the library. Thanks. x
I just finished this last night. A really good read that kept me interested up to the end, I found it quite nerve wracking when they were all waiting for the fallout for the book arriving in Jacksonville.Has anyone seen the film?
i finished it last week - really enjoyed it. Quite extraordinary the things that went on back thenshan't bother with the film unless i happen to catch it on tv. Usually a disappointment after a good book.
I have not read the book but listened to it on the radio as a serial and really enjoyed it.Looking foward to the film.
"shan't bother with the film unless i happen to catch it on tv. Usually a disappointment after a good book."I agree with you there, ExpatB. I have been told it's a good film, but whether it really adds anything after reading the book I don't know.We're watching "The Slap" on TV as an 8 part series at the moment. (One part for each chapter of the book) It's well acted and follows the book closely - including all the sex and swearing!! - but not sure it adds anything I didn't get out of the book.
I read this over christmas time, and i thoroughly enjoyed the book. the writing was first class, but what prejudices we had back then. A really good "social" read i think, reminded me of the Rosa Parks story that i learnt via neices at school (i never heard the story when i was a school) - she was the lady on the bus, who refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white person. A real recommend read.And, yes, I have seen the film - and this is one of those rare transistions that i felt worked very well - some of the actors, you could already visualise as characters from the book.I think this is an essential read.
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