Ladies Camera Club

2 May 2011

The Depression

Not me, silly - the Depression in the US.
I am always intrigued by the standard of life back then and how racial inequality was played out. And how one man (Martin Luther King) and one woman (Rosa Parks) dared to make a stand after the Depression was stabilised and equal rights dared to come into play.

Im currently reading The Help. I'm normally a fast reader but this book is like a delicious chocolate cake and I'm devouring it slowly but surely. I'm a third in and I really do not want it to end. You must read it, I promise you will love it too (don't blame me if it has a crappy ending!). Ive just looked on IMBd and the film is released in August this year (exciting) but I only hope the film does the book justice, which they rarely do.

The same went for The Life of Bees - marvellous film set at the turn of Martin Luther Kings "I have a dream" speech. Queen Latifah acts her part beautifully and it also stars Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning. Its a proper girl film, you HAVE to watch it. It will break your heart.
There is also The Colour Purple which was racial unkindness within a single race too (I could watch that film everyday and obvs CRY - sob sob sob). Whoopi Goldberg is brilliant in it. I loved the Green Mile which was set in those times too as well as Shawshank Redemption.

And now I'm waiting a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird which I know I will love from the synopsis and recommendations from my friends.

If you know of any books of a similar ilk, leave a comment below. I'd really appreciate another book read xx

20 comments:

Rae said...

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg! :)

caroline hancock / Scrappercaz said...

the Help was my favourite book i read last year and i LOVED it... I am reading Jane Eyre just now and loving it

Sue said...

Roots (can't recall the author).

kate said...

kirsty, You will love "To kill a Mocking Bird" I read it as child at school and loved it . I revisit it from time to time and savour it by reading slowly !!!! You might like to revisit "Little Women" ... I still weep at Jo cutting off her hair to sell for money as they are sooooo poor !
Kate

Di said...

Hi Kirsty! Brilliant that you're reading The Help. Do savour it, I rate it one of my all time favourites. Alex Haley wrote Roots. You could read the life story of Hannah Hauxwell who lived on the moors here in England. Or even Gone With the Wind? Di x

Kirsteen said...

I love Fried Green Tomatoes. I've just added all your recommendations to my Amazon wishlist. Have you read Beloved by Toni Morrison? Kx

SueF said...

Maya Angelou - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. I think it's in a series of 7.

Sue

Colette said...

If you want inspirational, go no further than 'Nobody's Child' by Christina Noble. The woman is a legend in my book. Her story had me in tears from the get go but it is worth sticking with. The woman is without doubt one of the most selfless human being on the planet. BTW 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' was unbelievably ahead of its time,

Happy reading whatever you choose,

Colette x.

Liberty said...

i'm going to read this on your recommendation kirsty I can only ditto what the others say To Kill and Mockingbird and Maya Angelou, I know why the caged bird sings (which I have a copy of - if I can find it you can borrow it :))

Catie Cuddles said...

You have to read about Maya Angelou - such an inspirational woman - my daughter is named after her! I became a massive fan of black American female literature (I say female and not feminist on purpose!) at A Level time and it stays with me now (post 30th birthday!) as some of the best ever written.
Enjoyed the Help too - but nothing compared with Maya Angelou's stories. Also love the Color Purple - book is far better than the film, although the film is great!

Marie said...

I love The Color Purple, one of my all time bestest films.

Did you not read To Kill A Mockingbird at school? I thought it was standard high school fodder for most. Gregory Peck is strangely attractive as Atticus in the movie. Yum.

In terms of recommends "Their eyes were watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston. Set a little earlier than the others you've mentioned but a very evocative read. I think I have my copy lurking around somewhere (it was on my reading list for American Literature 101) if you want to borrow it.

Some else has mentioned Fried Green Tomatoes - can't go far wrong with that either.

xMx

Katalytic said...

To Kill a mockingbird is fab, and the film is just as good: Gregory Peck stars. I got it for a fiver in HMV recently. Studied it at school and it has stayed with me since then, even after studying literature and reading so much in the following years, it's this book that made the mark. I've read some you've recommended, and they are good, but this beats all, honestly!

morris.jacqueline said...

Agree with all the suggestions. I did a creative writing course once and the tutor used to suggest titles for me. She made a decision after leaving University to only read female authors, she's well into her sixties now and has been reading only women for 40 years! I'd love an online book club as it's difficult to go out of an evening with children to get sitters for. What do you think anyone?

Cyndi said...

Have you seen the trailer for the movie? It looks promising, and I can't wait. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_ajv_6pUnI

Deb said...

it also has a fantastic ending, enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Another vote for Maya Angelou's autobiography. Read them all when I was about 20 and the inspiration they gave me has lasted all these years!! The Book People have the whole set of 6 for £6.99 right now - they don't stock stuff for long - when they're gone they'll be gone so don't resist?? I have just started re-reading them. She writes so beautifully, and reminds you of the strength and spirit of women to overcome anything. Love Nina B

mariegoodwyn said...

Hi Kirsty,
Another book in this ilk is Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry. It's about a young girls experience of that period. Its technically a teenage read - but then so was Harry Potter! And you won't need to put a fake cover on this one lol. The amazon link is - [url]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Roll-Thunder-Puffin-Teenage-Fiction/dp/0140371745/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1304500289&sr=8-1[/url]
I'm not sure the link will work - it's the first time I've html'd in a blog comment!

Anonymous said...

Kirsty, you should read Beloved by Toni Morrison. Its a wonderful book and possibly my favourite book of all time. I used to teach this book to an Access course at an FE college and believe me when I say it has so many layers it was different every time. It is also heartbreaking re slavery but SO worth it.
Maya Angelour - my hero! What a gal and she is a mighty fine poet too. Happy reading!

Debo said...

Just wanted to say I'm with you on savouring every moment of The Help. I read it last year on holiday (that's my favouritest part of holidays. I save up books and take them with me - they take up more room than my clothes!)I felt bereft when I'd finished, I kept wanting to hear their voices talking to me again!

Nothing to do with this theme but the other book I missed when I'd finished last year was The House at Riverton - more along the lines of Upstairs Downstairs (not that I ever saw it) and Downton Abbey (which I still miss). My all-time favourite read is Pride & Prejudice.

I have started writing a review in my books when I finish them (and where I read them) and ask whoever borrows them to do the same, even if they think it's a crime!

Joy said...

Loved reading The Help and The Colour Purple. Next I'm looking forward to reading Small Island' by Andrea Levy. Saw the serialisation of it on tv and it was unmissable. xx