“…I didn’t get s chance to pray for Treelore. Maybe that’s why God took him so fast. He didn’t wanta have to argue with me..” – Aibeleen Clark.
I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book. I thought it was going to be one of those books that just sat in my shelf until the end of time or at least until I ran out of things to read. I was so wrong. Historic melodramas really aren’t my thing, I thought. Honestly, I bought the book because of the cover. *superficial self crawls under a rock*. How could I resist the yellow and the purple color combination!? It was love at first sight. I carried it around in my bag for days, just taking it out whenever there was some down-time and just caressed the cover.
Set in a time when African-Americans had been freed of slavery but weren’t treated any better, this book is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. Hilarious and with wise-cracking characters that make you fall in love with them, it’ll rile you and wind you up at the injustices but leaves you with hope for you know the future, because you are living it. It’s the story of the beginning of a revolution and to be part of any revolution is exhilarating in any form. Specially since there is no suspense because you know the revolution doesn’t fail. It is a spectacular success by any standard and you are being given a free ride into an inside story that fictionally at least, began it all.