4.0 von 5 Sternen
Critique about Driving Miss Daisy, 2. Mai 2009
What should I say? Is it a typical book that describes the relationship between an elderly Jewish lady and her black chauffeur? Or does the book also tell us something about racism and American history?
At the first moment you don't believe that it reflects a piece of world history.
If you begin to read the book, you think it only is about the relationship between Miss Daisy and Hoke. Of course it is very important for the hole book. At the beginning the relationship between both isn't good. Miss Daisy doesn't want to have a chauffeur, because she thinks that she can do it alone without any help. But with time the relationship changes. They become good friends even though it doesn't seem like that. Miss Daisy tried everything to get rid of Hoke, but he isn't a person to give in easily..
If you read it longer and longer, you notice that it isn't only about the relationship it is also about changing times. The book was written after the Second World War. A time when in America and other countries racism and elimination dominated and both Hoke, a black person, and Miss Daisy, a Jewish lady, were a part of these minorities.
These both things make the book very interesting. How do they deal with that situation and how do they find together? The story is also supported by the both main characters, because Miss Daisy is very old and stubborn and Hoke with his slang language and his unbelievable sense of humor and his hardheadedness make the book very interesting to read. It reflects the former social structure and it shows also how very different people learn to respect each other and become good friends.
I think it has a good conclusion, because we all want respect.
But a difficult thing about the book is Hoke's language, because he has a special accent which isn't always easy to understand. Another thing is that you have to be careful when you read it, because sometimes in the book when a new scene starts the time has progressed and so you are a little bit confused. All in all it is a good book.