About This Blog

I am always in search of a good book, which is getting harder to find these days. My taste is ecclectic though it leans toward books that take me places I've never been.

Through the books I've read during the past few months, I've been to China, Spain, Ireland, India, Afghanistan, Chile, Japan, The Philippines, and many other exotic places. I've lived the lives of a boy soldier in Africa, a Shanghai detective, a foreign intern in Spain, a famous geisha, a precocious boy in Ireland, and a college student in a circus train.

My reviews will not reveal the plot but it will give you a general idea of the storyline and the flavor of the narrative.

I make it a point to only post reviews on the good books I've read, whether from a small or big publisher, those that merit a four or a five stars. In this way, I can point my readers toward a new and exciting place on a journey they may otherwise not have taken.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Book Review of The Help by Kathryn Stockett

As a practice, I don't usually review well-known books or those in the current bestsellers list since I focus more on good books that are unknown or have been published way in the past that younger folks may not have had the opportunity to read.  But I would be remiss if I didn't review The Help, for this novel touched me straight in the heart.   

The novel is set in 1960s Mississippi, a time when racism is still a way of life in some towns, but is being confronted by rapidly developing civil rights changes.  The story is told from three point-of-views: that of two black maids and a young white woman who is the daughter of a big cotton farmer and raised by a black maid. The three-tiered POV works well in that it allows readers to absorb the story from different perspectives, each one powerful in its own way.  The novel took me into the kitchens of white families and allowed me to experience in a vicarious way how black maids are treated, mostly despicably bad, though at times with certain characters, the relationship (even friendship) between maid and master turns into something beautiful and touching like that of white aspiring writer Skeeter and maid Aibileen who helps Skeeter write her inflammatory book; Aibeleen and her four-year-old ward Mae Mobley (who sees Aibeleen as her true mother); and feisty maid Mindy and her white trash and sensitive master Cecelia Foote.  The Help is a book that is hard to put down and  makes the reader feel completely satisfied, yet sorry that the experience is over. 

I give this book five big stars.


  1. Hi:

    This was my "favourite" book that I read last year and I think, one of my all time favourites. Other were "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant and "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry.

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  2. I loved it, and I totally agree with both your thoughts and your approach.

  3. Thanks you,Louise and Jennymilch for visiting my blog. I don't usually review books like The Help or Licoln Lawyer because they've got enough exposure, but I gave in to these two because they're really good books.

  4. I just bought this book and now I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the great review.

    I'm following.


  5. Thanks Elisabeth. Enjoy the read. You won't be disappointed. I'll check out your blog and follow.