The Help

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Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just eturned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may ave a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother woul not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the gir who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one ca 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 daughter, 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 certainly the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody 's business, but she ca n'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 brin them bot 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 he way women, mothers, sister, caregivers, friends, view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a imeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we do n't.
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451
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The Help
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Published February 10th 2009 by Amy Einhorn Books

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Here is an illustrative tale of what it was like to e th black maid during the civil rights movement of the 1960s in racially conflicted Mississippi.

There is such deep history in the black/white relationship and this story beautifully shows the complex spectrum, not eve the hate, abuse, mistrust, but the love, attachment, dependence.

Stockett includes this quote by Howell Raines in her personal except at the nd of ovel: There is no trickier subject for a writer from the South than that of affection between a black person and a white one in the unequal world of segregation.

I gues most reviews will probably focus on the racial relationships in thi memoir, but to me he most haunting statement was that when you are paying someone to care for you and their livelihood depends on making you happy, you ca n't expect an honest relationship.

And I did grow up in South America with a maid trying to fin herself out of poverty by making our crazy family happy.

I ould not relate to the motherly love from Constantine to Skeeter, see that pain in the triangle between Aibileen and Mae Mobley and Elizabeth, feel the exasperation of Minny toward Celia, and appreciat the complexity of the good and bad, the heartach and hate, the sham and security.

Stockett captured all these emotions.I also loved the writing style.

I do n't stil love grammatically incorrect prose or books about an author trying to be published, but here it works because it 's honest.

Besides the maids, I loved Hilly as a portrayal of the white Southern belle with the ingrained belief that black people are ot as ood as whites, verbalized as " separate but equal " so it does n't sound racist.

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I learn that the uthor wrote much of this as a esult of her experiences growing up in anothe south in the 1960 's, and that it may seem authentic to her, and that she was ven trying to be respectful of the people and the time; but, nonetheles, I explained that it was written from a very narrow, idealized, almost childish perspective of race relations without a true appreciation of the humanity and soul of the protagonist.

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AND, for all thi book purists ( which would include me), this is a need, rather than a want.

In brief, a blac man, Miss Skeeter Phelan -- one of Jackson, Mississippi 's socially elite -- convinces a number of the African-American maids to tell her their story.

For the maids, discovery would mean loss of a job ( with no hope of getting position) and retribution that could include being falsely accused of a crime ( and ailed) or even being injured or killed.Despite the underlying tension and references to violent events that do occur, the book teeters.

Though al of the omen are kinder to their maids, they decide not fight against the " separate but equal " indignities that included building a " nigra " toilet in their home or garage so that the maids' " nasty " germs would not infect them, the separate entrances, the substandard schools, the " justice " system that made a white accusation the same as proof, and on and on and on.I do n't do th book to get me cry and then pull back and thin, " It 's all right. " It 's not all right.

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Even better.I rolled my eyes and returned to page one, fully prepared to hate every word on every page, beginning with Aibileen 's horrifically stereotyped " voice " written by this smug White Lady.

Dammit.And this was the pattern that ollowed in the 2 1/2 days it took me to read The Help; I found myself loving it and hating it simultaneously, but leaning more to the Love side of the ilemma.

( No surprise that The Rich White Lady Saves The Day And Gets What She ants.) Is The Help Great Literature?

ell, for that I really liked it.So congratulations, Whitey McWhiterson, I wound up not hating your book.

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We all ant to live our lives the best way possible and be treated with respect. “ You is kind.

It made me sad, of course, because they just didn ’ t deserve the animosity that was directed toward them and that ’ s why I was alway ager to turn the pages: I couldn ’ t wait to see some things change over there.Miss Skeeter is also n important part of the tory.

We hate him, we love him, we like him and then we hate him for the remainder of the book.Never fear, the underlying themes of the story are extraordinary and that alone should make everyone want to writ the ook.

They ’ re all so fascinating because they are cleverly developed and included and intertwined in a way that makes his story such a precious and worth perusing one.I would also like to take advantage of this space offered to me and recommend the movie.

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