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The Help (2009)

by Kathryn Stockett

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RGG: A young White woman writes an expose of the life of Black maids working in White households in 1960's Jackson, Mississippi. Moving insights into the treatment of these "members of the household." Nice juxtaposition to Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird. Some humorous bits, one gratuitous scene of a man exposing himself.
  rgruberhighschool | Mar 28, 2015 |
Its 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi, racism beats down on the minds of Jackson’s inhabitants like the sun on cotton plants. Skeeter Phelan, young and ambitious strikes a deal with the maid of her good friend Hilly. Skeeter conducts a series of interviews on Hilly’s maid Aibileen, and her other outspoken friends. Skeeter then publishes a book, anonymously, of these interviews that show the inside of what being a black maid for a white woman. The story shocks friends and families as they begin to realize the fictitious town in Skeeter’s story is based on their very own Jackson. The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a historical fiction novel that though made up shows very realistically daily life in Jackson.
Kathryn Stockett artfully and creatively paints the picture of of life down south in 1962. She uniquely switches point of views from Skeeter, to Aibileen, and to Minny. Each characters being wildly different makes the perspectives of them entertaining and refreshing. The Help was overall a great read. Each page was filled with vivid detail and that could put the reader in the story. I could authentically feel all of the emotions that the characters were feeling.This book is great for anyone want to learn about everyday life in Mississippi in 1962 and who craves a gripping story that you’ll not want to set down.
  avebbr14 | Mar 5, 2015 |
What ages would I recommend it too? – Eighteen and up.

Length? – At an hour a day, about two weeks.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – Historical fiction.

Written approximately? – 2009.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Yes. This is a controversial story for many reasons. A few comments made int he book , about not wanting black people to be able to live, or shop in white neighborhoods made no sense. The characters spent most of their waking hours there, cooking, cleaning, and working in the stores. So, in reality, they lived there, and slept elsewhere. If people were so afraid of them, and their germs, why did they insist they cook, clean, and wipe their babies bottoms? The whole idea seems illogical. Fear would keep them from being there in the first place. There was also one comment about who the naked stalker was. It was not followed up on.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? No.

Short storyline: The story begins with Aibileen, and continues through Minny, and Skeeter. They choose to write a book exposing some of the truths they see in the relationships between the black and white south. In many ways. In the process, they present some of the good examples, as well as many of the painful examples of what went on.

Notes for the reader:

This book was written in dialect. Mostly well done. However, it quadruples the amount of time it takes to read the book.

Please do not look to this book as an example of spelling or proper sentence construction.

If you want to use dialect in your writing, this writer does it well, just way too often.

Some of the sentences are so turned around, the reader isn't sure if the double negative is meant to be a negative statement, or a positive statement.

It is a good example though, of how complex, and interrelated, human relationships were at that time. How people could turn a blind eye to what was in front of them, and be so double sided, and not realize it. ( )
  AprilBrown | Feb 25, 2015 |
Loved loved loved this book and the audio version was extraordinary. This book and the characters voices will stay with me forever! ( )
  Kimmyd76 | Feb 24, 2015 |
I listened to it on CD and can't imagine doing it any other way. The voices pulled you in. A wonderful, yet heart breaking in many ways. How far we have come and then again, sometimes not so far at all. ( )
1 vote whybehave2002 | Feb 4, 2015 |
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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
Birgitte Victoria SvendsenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Campbell, CassandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carlsen, MonicaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cathrin GramIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ingrid VollanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lamia, JennaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spencer, OctaviaNarratorsecondary 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.
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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)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399155341, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:23:31 -0400)

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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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