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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help (2009)

by Kathryn Stockett

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One of the greatest—and yet most simple—joys in life is reading a book that you can't put down. Especially when, even after you read the last page, you're not done with the book yet because it has left you with so much to ponder.

That's what this book was like for me. Stockett creates three flawed but beautiful characters to tell a story of Mississippi during the early 1960s. I was impressed by the way she was able to make each character come alive through the three distinctive narrative voices. I came to love the characters because they felt so real to me.

I love the quote on the back of my copy that says: "The Help is about something. That is, something real. Something that matters." (NPR.org) I will read pretty much anything I can get my hands on, but when someone can make a book about writing a book so beautiful, I know I've found a rare treasure.

This book could be categorized as historical fiction, an inspiring story about writing a controversial book, but it is so much more than that. At the heart of this book is the heart of the human family; it doesn't matter who you are or where you came from: we are all a part of the same human family. ( )
  AngelClaw | Feb 3, 2016 |
Not the caliber book I would expect from an Everybody Reads choice. Some interesting issues brought up, but I was distracted by knowing that the voices and language used by the black women in this book, two of three main characters, were written by a white woman. I will concede that this author was raised in the south and had a colored maid, but I feel that really gives her only the right to present the white woman's view - presenting from the viewpoint of two colored maids seems out of her league really, and I don't think it could possibly be true to the real feelings and trials of that segment of our population. Also, the story seems totally far-fetched in the first place. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
The Help is a heartwarming story of prejudice, struggle, heartache, friendship and unlikely heroes. The main characters are engaging and I had a rare love connection with each of them. I couldn’t get enough and wished to be reading it every moment when I couldn’t. The writing style is amazing. It is narrated by each of the three main characters, two black maids and a white woman, each with a distinct voice. The setting is early sixties, Jackson, Mississippi. What these women go through is nothing short of remarkable. I am not an emotional reader, but I couldn’t stop crying near the end. Joyful or not, I refuse to say.

The Help is important literature with endless discussion opportunities. Read it with someone else, your book club, class, or anyone else that you can. If not, just read it on your own like I did. I can’t see how you could come out the other side of the book the same person. ( )
  StephLaymon | Jan 26, 2016 |
This is a very powerful and cleverly written book. Skeeter, a young graduate returning to her home town in Mississippi in the early 1960s, discovers that her beloved black maid/nanny Constantine has vanished - and nobody will tell her why, or where she has gone.

Skeeter is part of the bridge-playing socialite community, but she begins to see flaws in her friends' attitudes; she wants to be a journalist, and takes on a weekly advice column, and asks questions of one of her friends' maids, Aibeleen. Aibeleen loves the white children she has raised, and puts up with a great deal of racism from her employers; but something changed inside her when her grown-up son was tragically killed, and she agrees to collaborate with Skeeter on a book which - anonymously - reveals what really goes on in different households, from the perspectives of the maids.

Coming from a multi-cultural town in the UK, I was quite shocked to learn of the intense racism that was evidently still strong in the Southern states of the US, as recently as the 1960s. This isn't just about the evils of organised racism, but the ingrained attitudes of many young women who had themselves been raised by black nannies, and probably loved them very much - but grew up to be convinced that they should be segregated, not eating at the same tables, not going to the same toilets.

No doubt there are anachronisms and inaccuracies as other reviewers have pointed out; nevertheless, the author does extremely well in the three quite distinct voices (Skeeter, Aibileen, and a much more outspoken maid called Minny) and brings together a very thought-provoking book. It still seems astonishing to me that there was legalised racial segregation as recently as fifty years ago, in parts of America... I grew up knowing about apartheid in South Africa, but it seems to have been a well-kept secret that something very similar was going on the Southern US only a decade or two earlier.

Not a difficult read, though it's quite a long book (over 500 pages). Definitely recommended.
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  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
I really liked the overall plot and theme of the book, but jumping between characters got confusing and it got slow at times. Im torn between 3 and 4 stars. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
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This is fun stuff, well-written and often applause-worthy. My only problem with The Help is that, in the end, it’s not really about the help.
I finished The Help in one sitting and enjoyed it very, very much. It’s wise, literate, and ultimately deeply moving, a careful, heartbreaking novel of race and family that digs a lot deeper than most novels on such subjects do.
As black-white race relations go, this could be one of the most important pieces of fiction since To Kill a Mockingbird... If you read only one book this summer, let this be it.
“Mississippi is like my mother,” [Stockett] writes in an afterword to “The Help.” And you will see, after your wrestling match with this problematic but ultimately winning novel, that when it comes to the love-hate familial bond between Ms. Stockett and her subject matter, she’s telling the truth.
Her pitch-perfect depiction of a country's gradual path toward integration will pull readers into a compelling story that doubles as a portrait of a country struggling with racial issues.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kathryn Stockettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, CassandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carlsen, MonicaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gram, CathrinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ingrid VollanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lamia, JennaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spencer, OctaviaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Svendsen, Birgitte VictoriaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Grandaddy Stockett, the best storyteller of all
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Mae Mobley was born on a early Sunday morning in August, 1960.
De bus jakkert door State Street. We steken de Woodrow Wilson Bridge over en ik klem m'n kaken zo stijf op mekaar dat m'n tanden zowat breken. Ik voel dat bittere zaadje groeien in m'n binnenste, 't zaadje dat is geplant toen Treelore dood ging. Ik wil 't liefst zo hard gillen dat Baby Girl me kan horen dat smerig geen kleur is, dat ziekte niet de zwarte kant van de stad is. Ik wil voorkomen dat 't moment komt- en 't komt in 't leven van elk blank kind- dat ze begint te denken dat zwarten slechter zijn als blanken.
I always thought insanity would be a dark, bitter feeling, but it is drenching and delicious if you really roll around in it.
My face goes hot, my tongue twitchy.  I don't know what to say to her.  All I know is, I ain't saying it.  And I know she ain't saying what she want a say either and it's a strange thing happening here cause nobody saying nothing and we still managing to have us a conversation.
"Can't afford no air-conditioning. Them things eat currant like a boll weevil on cotton."
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Passionnant drôle et émouvant , La couleur des sentiments a conquis l'Amériques avec ses personnages inoubliables .Une jeune bourgeoise blanche et deux bonnes noires . Personne ne croiraient à leur amitié; moins encore la toléraient . Pourtant , poussées par une sourde envie de changer les choses , malgré la peur , elles vont unir leurs destins , et en grand secret écrire une histoire bouleversante . THE LIFE STORIES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MAIDS LIVING IN ALABAMA BEFORE AND DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.
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Black women raise kids/of white women who make them/use separate toilets (LC Brooks)

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Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

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In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.… (more)

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