View all 54 comments. Mar 02, Jason rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 11 comments. Jul 10, Salome G rated it did not like it. This could have really used a better editor. We never see why she would want to be friends with either of them, Hilly especially. Other characters were equally unbelievable.
All the maids are good people and so gracious to Miss Skeeter, save one. Reading their interactio The story itself: Before reading, my question was, can Kathryn Stockett write this story? I read the whole book. I read the self-conscious afterword. Can Stockett write this story? Well, of course she can. I lean toward no.
This is not her story to tell. And neither did Kathryn Stockett. So she made up the story. And it was still all about the white lady. View all 46 comments. Before she began writing her book, she put up with his secret-keeping and general unsatisfactory treatment of her.
By the end, however, she cast him aside because she realized how much better she deserved. I enjoyed parts of this story but for the most part, eh. The ending really bothered me. White lady goes off and gets a great job while the black folks the story was about gets fired which was actually a blessing but a tragedy for the kids and leaves her husband to raise 6 kids alone.
Minny needed to leave Leroy. Elizabeth is still an idiot. There was nothing redeeming in this story. Jun 18, Dana Ilie rated it it was amazing.
There is a lot to like about this book. And I was impressed by the fairly even-handedness of the t There is a lot to like about this book.
And I was impressed by the fairly even-handedness of the topic that Stockett managed. There are good and bad and goodish-baddish people on every side of the issue, and each has different motivations and reasons for being where they are on that side — hate, pride, naivete, personal experiences.
Three reasons why I love The Help: It is not a comedy but some lines just had me wanting to read on and on! It is easy to read. Even though The Help talks about a very serious time in American history, the author really thought about how to write the story in a way that it just flows. I really felt a connection with each of the characters. You get to know them from their point of view. View all 18 comments.
Mar 22, Tatiana rated it did not like it Shelves: View all 23 comments. Jul 03, Matt rated it it was amazing Recommended to Matt by: A mix of humour and social justice, the reader is faced with a powerful piece on which to ponder while remaining highly entertained. In Jackson, Mississippi, the years leading up to the Civil Rights Movement presented a time where colour was a strong dividing line between classes.
Skeeter was unwed and with few prospects, though her time away at college left her ready to tackle the workforce until an eligible man swept her off her feet. Skeeter sought a job as a writer, prepared to begin at the bottom rung, but not giving up on sleuthing around to determine what might have been going on in Jackson.
Skeeter scored a job writing an informative column in the local newspaper, giving cleaning tips to housewives in need of a little guidance. Who better to offer these tips that the hired help of Jackson?! With secret meetings taking place after working hours and Skeeter typing away, a mental shift took place and the idea of class became taboo, at least to some.
However, sometimes a book has unforeseen consequences, turning the tables on everyone and forcing tough decisions to be made. Stockett pulls no punches in the presentation, fanning the flames of racial and class divisions, as she depicts a way of thinking that was not only accepted, but completely sanctioned. Race relations in the United States has long been an issue written about, both in literature and pieces of non-fiction.
How a country as prosperous as America could still sanction the mistreatment of a large portion of its citizens a century after fighting a war on the issue remains completely baffling. While Stockett focusses her attention on Mississippi, the conscious reader will understand that this sort of treatment was far from isolated to the state.
One might venture to say that racism continued on a worldwide scale, creating a stir, while many played the role of ostriches and denied anything was going on. The characters within the book presented a wonderful mix of society dames and household help, each with their own issues that were extremely important. The characters bring stereotypes to life in an effort to fuel a raging fire while offering dichotomous perspectives.
The interactions between the various characters worked perfectly, depicting each group as isolated and yet fully integrated. The household help bring the struggle of the double work day triple, at times while the society dames grasp to keep Mississippi from turning too quickly towards integration and equality, which they feel will be the end of all normalcy.
Using various narrative perspectives, the characters become multi-dimensional. Additionally, peppering the dialogue with colloquial phraseology pulls the story to a new level of reality, one that is lost in strict textbook presentation. Stockett pushes the narrative into those uncomfortable places the reader hopes to keep locked in the pages of history, pushing the story to the forefront and requiring a synthesising of ideas and emotions.
While racism is not as sanctioned in as many laws, it remains a strong odour and one that cannot simply be washed away by speaking a few words. This book, as entertaining as it is in sections, is far from fictional in its depiction of the world. The sooner the reader comes to see that, the faster change can occur. All lives matter, if we put in the effort and have the presence of mind to listen rather than rule from our own ivory towers.
Kudos, Madam Stockett for this wonderful piece. I am happy to have completed a buddy read on this subject and return to read what was a wonderful cinematic presentation. An ever-growing collection of others appears at: View all 33 comments. Apr 17, Thomas rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Originally, I thought this book should have been retitled The Hype. I remember thinking something along the lines of, blah, another story about racism in the old southern days? Must be the chick-lit version of To Kill a Mockingbird.
I was so wrong. There is Skeeter, a twenty-two-year-old aspiring writer who terribly misses her maid, Cons Originally, I thought this book should have been retitled The Hype.
There is Skeeter, a twenty-two-year-old aspiring writer who terribly misses her maid, Constantine. This tumultuous trio takes the first step in sparking a movement that will ignite fire to the racism and hypocrisy of their small town. They are so real, so lifelike, I could feel their thoughts pulsing through my head and their emotions racing through my veins. I was angry alongside them, cheered for them, and cried with them. I think everyone should read this book, especially people who are ignorant about the racism and hypocrisy that still manages to plight everyday society.
Want to read more of my reviews? View all 25 comments. The Help is a touching novel that explores the lives of black maids living in the racially unjust, Mississippi in the s, by using the perspective of two black maids and a female, white writer.
Minny and Aibileen are the two maids who are close friends and like many other maids, have spent the majority of their life cleaning up after white families and raising their kids.
Skeeter is the third character the novel centres around, she fondly remembers her own maid, Constantine but lacks informatio The Help is a touching novel that explores the lives of black maids living in the racially unjust, Mississippi in the s, by using the perspective of two black maids and a female, white writer. Skeeter is the third character the novel centres around, she fondly remembers her own maid, Constantine but lacks information about her disappearance and current whereabouts.
Her ambition to write and love for her childhood carer lead her and the maids to eventually come together and become invoved in a dangerous project which puts all their lives at risk. This novel hooked me from the start as it deals with important issues and gives a unique perspective with interesting characters. It looks at the civil rights movement from a different angle as it uses maids who help in a very different way, as they simply describe their work so it can be printed into a book.
However, it is not as simple as just telling their story as their eventual willingness to outline their work, immediately puts everyone involved in a threatening position. This danger lurks over all the maids involved for the whole story, creating tension and atmosphere. The novel switches between three characters,Aibileen,Minny and Skeeter. All viewpoints are gripping but for me, Minny was definitely the best and I would have prefered if she had more chapters than Skeeter.
The plot was engrossing as there was never a dull moment and no parts I felt needed to be cut out. For me, this was a fantastic book which I thought dealt with racial themes and inequality brilliantly. This is a book I would definitely pick up again.
View all 26 comments. The first third of the book establishes the main characters and their situation and relationships; the rest of it revolves around a dangerous plan to write about their lives: It is a novel about individuals, and makes no pretence of being a history of the civil rights movement, but given the subject matter, it arouses strong feelings see below, including comments, for some of the reasons. Passions run high in those with direct experience or detailed knowledge of racial issues in the US.
My comments are the reaction of a fairly ignorant outsider. There is an awkward pact involved for white mothers: As Skeeter says, "They raise a white child and then 20 years later the child becomes the employer.
Not only do some of the white children feel the help loves them more than their own mothers; in some cases they are right, and that causes other tensions and problems. Yet firing the help is not always an option: The three main characters are very strong women, and each gradually finds the strength to follow her conscience, despite the personal risks, to the point where Skeeter realises "I no longer feel protected because I am white". They learn, grow, awaken, and take some control over the future.
When I read this, I had no idea how accurate any of it is I have subsequently learned of many doubts , but in terms of individual relationships, it rings true to this Brit, especially the different voices through which the story is told.
It was also interesting that the maids were so used to "the lines", that they disliked it when they were crossed, e. Not between her and me, not between her and Hilly". Yet the maids train their own children into subjugation by teaching the rules "for working for a white lady". This has strange effects: On the other hand , it seems improbable that all the powerful white women in the town are only in their mid 20s.
I presume that was necessary because they needed to be contemporaries of Skeeter, and she needed to be young, but it still made me question the story in broader terms. That creates a tension in the reader that is quite powerful. The saddest white person is the little girl Aibileen cares for; she is a misfit in her own home, because her mother never bonded with her, "She like one a them baby chickens that get confused and follow the ducks around instead". Aibileen tries hard to compensate, particularly by repeating the mantra "You kind, you smart, you important".
Mind you, she also sows the seeds future disagreement with her parents by telling secret stories about a kind alien visitor called Marti a n Luther King who thinks all people are the same, and by wrapping identical sweets in different coloured wrappers to make the same point.
As Skeeter says, " The dichotomy of love and disdain living side by side is what surprises me ", and that was the core of the book for me. She is an ageing maid who cares for white children when they are young, then moves on. Her own son died in an industrial accident at 24 and from then "A bitter seed was planted inside me. Is this dialect accurate, patronising appropriation, or both?
Minny is the other black voice: She speaks her mind, so has often been fired. The final voice is Skeeter, the daughter of a plantation owner who has returned from college and is shocked to discover that the beloved maid who raised her has gone, and no one will tell her why.
It should have been possible to mention them in a more natural way. View all 35 comments. The Help is a tale of lines, color, gender and class, in the Jackson, Mississippi of the early s.
This is a world in which black women work as domestics in white households and must endure the whims of their employers lest they find themselves jobless, or worse. It is the Jackson, Mississippi where Medgar Evers is murdered, and where spirit and hope are crushed daily. It is the Jackson, Mississippi where Freedom Riders are taken from a bus, a place where segregation and racism are core belie The Help is a tale of lines, color, gender and class, in the Jackson, Mississippi of the early s.
It is the Jackson, Mississippi where Freedom Riders are taken from a bus, a place where segregation and racism are core beliefs and where challenge to the status quo is met with resistance, to the point of violence. It is a time of political turmoil on the national stage, as the civil rights movement is picking up steam. It is also a place where using the wrong bathroom could get a black person beaten to death. The Help sees this world through three sets of eyes, Aibeleen, a fifty-something black woman who has taken care of many white children and is beginning again with a newborn.
Minny, in her thirties, has troubles enough at home, with an abusive, drunken husband and several children of her own, but her inability to control her tongue has led to a series of jobs and a series of firings. Skeeter is a young white woman, newly graduated from college, and eager to pursue a career in writing. Skeeter has grown a conscience and no longer accepts the presumptions of the past.
She yearns to know what happened to Constantine, the black woman who was so important to her as a child. Skeeter sees the unfairness of the social structure. The story not only places the events in historical context, but offers a taste of what it must have been like for the Aibeleens, Minnys and Skeeters of the time. Stockett has created living, breathing characters, people you can relate to, cheer and cry for.
If there is softness here, it is that the devils are painted in glaring red, which may be an accurate portrayal of the time, but makes for a melodramatic feel at times. The heroines are fully realized. We get a sense of how they came to be the way they are. While we are offered some background on the baddies, it is not enough to make them as completely human as the three narrators.
The Help is a powerful, moving read, blessed with a colorful, believable cast of characters, a compelling setting and an eternal message of shared humanity, a knockout of a first novel. View all 13 comments. Jan 26, Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Maggie by: Nearly everyone in the world knows what this book is about as I pen this review, it is at 2 in Amazon sales ranking but I shall reiterate: It sounded like it was going to hit the Maggie Trifecta of Doom: Skeeter is the daughter of a white family who owns a cotton farm outside Jackson.
Many of the field hands and household help are African Americans. Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from the University of Mississippi and wants to become a writer.
Skeeter is curious about the disappearance of Constantine, her maid who brought her up and cared for her. Constantine had written to Skeeter while she was away from home in college saying what a great surprise she had awaiting her when she came home.
Skeeter does not believe that Constantine would leave her like this; she knows something is wrong and believes that information will eventually come out. Everyone Skeeter asks about the unexpected disappearance of Constantine pretends it never happened and avoids giving her any real answers. She decides with the assistance of a publisher that she wants to reveal the truth about being a colored maid in Mississippi. Skeeter struggles to communicate with the maids and gain their trust. The dangers of writing a book about African Americans speaking out in the South during the early s hover constantly over the three women.
Elaine Stein had also suggested to Skeeter that she find a subject to write about which she can be dedicated to and passionate about. Skeeter realizes that she wants to expose to the world in the form of a book the deplorable conditions the maids in the South endure in order to barely survive. Aibileen finally agrees to tell her story. Minny, despite her distrust of whites, eventually agrees as well, but she and Aibileen are unable to convince others to tell their stories.
Skeeter researches several laws governing what blacks still can and cannot do in Mississippi, and her growing opposition to the racial order results in her being shunned by her social circle. The other maids decide that they are willing to take a chance with their jobs, and their safety, and join the book project.
When the little girl grew up, she and Constantine were reunited. When Charlotte Phelan discovered who Lulabelle was, she kicked her out and fired Constantine. Constantine had nowhere else to go, so she moved with her daughter to Chicago and an even worse fate.
Skeeter never saw Constantine again. Hilly Holbrook, in particular, is set on vengeance due to the details in the book. Hilly and Skeeter grew up best friends, but they now have very different views on race and the future of integration in Mississippi. The book becomes a powerful force in giving a voice to the black maids and causes the community of Jackson to reconsider the carefully drawn lines between white and black.
The Help is a novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. The story is about African Americans working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early s. A USA Today article called it one of the "summer sleeper hits".
The Help, Kathryn Stockett's debut novel, tells the story of black maids working in white Southern homes in the early s in Jackson, Mississippi, and of Miss Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, a year-old graduate from Ole Miss, who returns to her family's cotton plantation, Longleaf, to find that her.
The Help is a novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. The story is about African Americans working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early s. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هفتم ماه /5. 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. ABOUT KATHRYN STOCKETT. Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi/5(K).
The Help - Kindle edition by Kathryn Stockett. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Help/5(10K). The Help is set in Jackson, Mississippi and begins in August The novel features three main narrators – Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter. year-old Aibileen Clark starts us off. The novel features three main narrators – Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter. year-old Aibileen Clark starts us off.