What can I say? I LOVED this book - in fact there is a neck and neck tie between it and 11/22/63 (which seriously? You NEED to read! Man-Child is currently reading it and loving every single minute of it - so I am getting to enjoy it all over again by discussing it with him) going on right now since I honestly can't say which I loved more; although I love each for different reasons. So maybe it's like having more than one kid? You love them equally but differently? Since I only have the one child I can't attest that that is actually how it works; but that's what I've heard.....at least that's what my mom used to tell me when pressed as to which kid she loved more (it was me, I KNOW it).
I saw the movie awhile back (remember?) and mentioned that I REALLY needed to see it again. Well, I never really got around to it. Or to reading the book, for that matter.
So when Christmas rolled around and Hubby started
I am now the proud owner of both the book and the movie. I made him sit and watch the movie with me the other day and he actually enjoyed the movie (and was as repulsed and offended as I was about parts of it. In fact, he kept mentioning it the next day - it really disturbed him) so much I even tweeted/facebooked it....
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Exciting, I KNOW!
This is a hard book/movie to watch/read/review. It is not just a "regular chick flick/lit" - when I say it rips your heart out - it really does.
Besides showing what bitches some women can be - it tears back a veil and shows you how EVIL some people are at their core. It is a heartbreaking - yet uplifting - story. It shows you that although people may come from different backgrounds - different races even - that in the grand scheme of things we are women (or men) and as the author mentioned "Wasn't that the point of the book? For women to realize, We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I'd thought." (the author's quote of her favorite line in the book).
This story - told mainly from the perspective of the maids of white women in the 60's - shows you the true strength of friendship and what can happen when you take that bold step. It reminds you that we can accomplish so much more when we band together. It reminds you that despite the claim, women really ARE the stronger sex....despite a few evil bitches that are trying to spoil the batch (you know...rotten apple spoils the barrel analogy? Am I making any sense here?)
I just finished this book last night and told my husband, with tears in my eyes, that it was the BEST Christmas present EVER. Too which, he responded with......
"Good. It cost enough."
It WAS worth it. And just for that - I'm going to make him watch the movie again!