Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Help and Super 8

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I just finished listening to "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.  It was a over 18 hours.  I got through it rather fast.  This wasn't your average book read in a droning fashion, this was a production.  Some of the characters that will star in the movie, lent their voices to this fantastic audiobook.

This is now my 2nd favorite book, the first is "To Kill a Mockingbird", which is mentioned several times within this book.

It is hard to imagine how life was for a black female in Mississippi in 1962.  I've had domestic workers in my family, but they worked in New York and New Jersey which I hope was slightly less degrading.

I did not expect the ending, but was glad it ended the way it did.  There is a message in this book that slaps you in the face, but the ending is subtle and anyone, male or female, black or white can relate.

I am recommending this book to all of my friends.  I do plan to see the movie, even though the trailers do not follow the descriptions in the book exactly. I will be willing to overlook those small things if the movie does justice to the book. I'll have to wait until August.

Today we saw "Super 8".  It was a good movie.  Part coming of age, part thriller, part sci-fi.  The kids liked it.  It is hard to find anything new or fresh now a days, but this was different enough to hold my interest.

This movie takes place in 1979 in the Midwest.  The did a great job at going back to that era, which doesn't seem like that long ago, but it has been 32 years!!

Well done and well told story the whole family will enjoy.

1 comment:

Anne said...

A guy friend of mine once told me that men can be bastards, but women are positively dangerous when crossed. I thought of that at the end of The Help.