The summary is long but on point. I'll add this. I loved the film. I loved the book. The film differs slightly from the book, but they're both very good. The characters are so incredibly well written and though it may irk some I really liked the way she voiced Minny and Abileen writing them exactly how they talk and pronounce words in that southern drawl. I could literally hear the way they talked.
When reading this book, I'd just finished watching the first 4 seasons or so of Mad Men and it was so interesting for me to see the same 60's but in a completely different environment. Furthermore being Danish and with no dramatic history of slavery (well, honestly I don't know exactly what the Vikings occasionally did, but I digress) I just sucked the culture history right up. I know this is just fiction, but it's based on some very real circumstances.
I'm trying to recall why I only gave this 4 stars (I really should take notes) and I think primarily it just didn't sweep me off my feet. The ending left me hanging a little bit (basically I just wasn't ready for it to end) and there were a few hiccups along the way. It's still a very enjoyable read though and from my point of view I heartily recommend it.
451 pages / published in 2011
|Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013|