Here is an illustrative tale of what it was like to e th black maid during the civil rights movement of the 1960s in racially conflicted Mississippi.
There is such deep history in the black/white relationship and this story beautifully shows the complex spectrum, not eve the hate, abuse, mistrust, but the love, attachment, dependence.
Stockett includes this quote by Howell Raines in her personal except at the nd of ovel: There is no trickier subject for a writer from the South than that of affection between a black person and a white one in the unequal world of segregation.
I gues most reviews will probably focus on the racial relationships in thi memoir, but to me he most haunting statement was that when you are paying someone to care for you and their livelihood depends on making you happy, you ca n't expect an honest relationship.
And I did grow up in South America with a maid trying to fin herself out of poverty by making our crazy family happy.
I ould not relate to the motherly love from Constantine to Skeeter, see that pain in the triangle between Aibileen and Mae Mobley and Elizabeth, feel the exasperation of Minny toward Celia, and appreciat the complexity of the good and bad, the heartach and hate, the sham and security.
Stockett captured all these emotions.I also loved the writing style.
I do n't stil love grammatically incorrect prose or books about an author trying to be published, but here it works because it 's honest.
Besides the maids, I loved Hilly as a portrayal of the white Southern belle with the ingrained belief that black people are ot as ood as whites, verbalized as " separate but equal " so it does n't sound racist.