Just started listening to The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I first heard it serialised on BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. Set in Mississippi after the Rosa Parks civil life changing event the book depicts the relationships between a set of white women and their relationships with their black ‘Help’ and the black ‘Help’s’ view of the world.
So far I have listened to chapters one and two. I thought it was going to be a hard to listen because although this is not my personal experience I knew it would be difficult. Listening to The Help (Aibileen) talk about the death of her son was heart rendering, with his horrible and untimely death her world just disintegrated – I’m not sure how I would feel if that happened to me but I can fully sympathise with her.
Losing her son changed everything for Aibileen and even though she still works as a help she appears to be less forgiving about the white people’s attitude to her and themselves.
Aibileen has begun to introduce a few characters and has discussed the town where she lives. So far I am enjoying the book but will find out more after the next listen. It will interesting and probably challenging to hear even in a fictional depiction what was going on in one part of the world in 1962 when I was about seven.