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I do have a question, and I hope I will understand more when I read, but am going to ask anyway. What was the check thing all about? Why did she get so upset? I hope this doesn't come out as a spoiler, but I couldn't really read what was on it.
I, like many others here I think, love to read a book before seeing the movie so I can delight in telling others that "it's not as good as the book, you ought to read it!" Nevertheless I am looking forward to it's UK release!
Definitely a must read!
Murphym wrote:Steeleholls wrote:I just saw the movie and cannot wait to get the book.
I didn't even know there was a film, when was that released?
August 10, and still in theaters.
-- Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:55 am --
Finally finished the book. Having seen the movie first, I liked the book best. Incredibly hard to think about what the maids went through during those times, having not experienced prejudice in the South. I do know the subtle prejudice in the North - probably more insidious. I wish everyone would realize that no one is better than another, but it seems many feel that need to put someone at the bottom. Probably results from lack of self worth in my estimation. I think the author was right on target with her writing. I loved interpreting the accents!
I wanted my mom to experience the movie, but she waited too long - not in theaters. She worked as a maid when I was little, later went to night school for data processing and was able to transition into a different life! She remains my inspiration to always strive to achieve!
As for the book - I couldn't put the book down and I hate when that happens. I feel like an addict. It's always the characters that grow on me and make me love a book. Aibileen has so many good characteristics that I want to be like, while Minny's strong sassy-ness is endearing. I also love Skeeter's down to earth but hopeful personality.
It all makes me think about the basic day to day evils that any person can commit against another and how people always try to justify their way of living. While reading I thought about how hard it is to change any person, especially when you are telling someone that they are wrong. I thought about how hard society is to change and how it took generations to transform attitudes and culture. I think about the effect on our culture now and the state our culture is in now... Which attitudes work best to reveal and change society and influence other people? How do people grow develop and move on from injustices on both sides? the wrong doer and the one's who are wronged (in all places in society and history)?
Whether or not you've seen the movie I recommend reading the book.
The idea that some people are lower than others is still alive today. When I hear the people talk about our cleaning women in our office (the cleaning women are all from turkey) I will from now on hear Miss Hilly speaking.
There should be more people like the courageous Miss Skeeter but people like her must be able to stand the fact that they are regarded as outsiders.
The book is a must!!!!!! It draws a colourful picture about the life in the Southern States during the 60’s.