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S 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 brokenMinny 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 ownSeemingly as different from one another as can be these women will nonetheless c Here is an illustrative tale of what it was like to be a black maid during the civil rights movement of the 1960s in racially conflicted Mississippi There is such deep history in the blackwhite relationship and this story beautifully shows the complex spectrum not only the hate abuse mistrust but the love attachment dependence Stockett includes this uote by Howell Raines in her personal except at the end of the novel 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 uneual world of segregation For the dishonesty upon which a society is founded makes every emotion suspect makes it impossible to know whether what flowed between two people was honest feeling or pity or pragmatism An elouent way to describe Stockett's intentions for this novel I know most reviews will probably focus on the racial relationships in the book but to me the most haunting statement was that when you are paying someone to care for you and their livelihood depends on making you happy you can't expect an honest relationship I did not expect this book to hit so close to home After all I did not grow up in the South and completely missed the racial mind shift in the country But the book isn't just about racism and civil rights It's about the employer relationship too And I did grow up in South America with a maid trying to keep herself out of poverty by making our crazy family happy As much as we loved her I can see so many of the pitfalls from these complex relationships in my own history I know our maid was stuck between pleasing my mother and raising us the way she believed appropriate I know it was physically hard to work from sunup to late everyday and emotionally hard to never relax because she wasn't the decision maker of our home and at any moment she could be reprimanded for making the wrong decision She had absolutely no power and yet she was all powerful to shape and mold us I needed her felt bad for how much I imposed upon her but I never voiced how much I appreciated or loved her I took her for granted Even though she was paid to love us I know she did We were her children especially my youngest brothers And yet when she moved back home we lost contact Was it out of laziness of our own narcissistic lives or was the complexity of our relationship so draining she cut the tie It is my fear that she thinks we did not return her affection and only thought of her as the maid I often think about her we all reminisce about her wondering where she is and than anything I just want to know that she is happy and tell her thank you It is so strange that someone who is such a vital part of your childhood can just vanish out of your life They say its like true love good help You only get one in a lifetime I know Believe me I knowThe story is strong and real and touched something deep inside me I could so 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 understand the complexity of the good and bad the love and hate the fear and security Stockett captured all these emotionsI also loved the writing style When style compliments plot I get giddy I don't always love grammatically incorrect prose or books about an author trying to be published but here it works because it's honest The novel is about a white woman secretly compiling true accounts of black maids and the novel is in essence a white author trying to understand black maids The styles parallel each other as do the messages The point of Skeeter's novel is to make people see that people are just people no matter the color of their skin and Stockett's novel beautifully portrays that with both good and bad on both sides The fictional novel cover is decorated with the white dove of love and understanding To get us there Stockett gives us three ordinary birds a picture of ordinary life asking to be accepted for its honest simplicity This book is Stockett's masterpiece that story in her that was just itching to get out From the first page the voice of the characters took vivid form and became real breathing people I loved Aibileen but think I loved Minny's voice because she is such a strong character Besides the maids I loved Hilly as a portrayal of the white Southern belle with the ingrained belief that black people are not as good as whites verbalized as separate but eual so it doesn't sound racist My favorite scene was when Hilly says they have to be careful of racists because they are out there She's a bit over the top but if you've been to the South not that far of a stretch I just would have liked to find some redeeming ualities in her from Skeeter's perspective While there are some instances where I felt Stockett was sueezing historical facts into the novel forming the plot around these events instead of letting them play backdrop and occasionally I could read the modern woman in this tale pushing her message too hard Stockett's sincerity to understand and appreciate shines through She lived this book to some extent and the story is a part of her Because it's important to her it becomes important to me

BOOK The Help

The HelpOme 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 crossedIn 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 jacket fl The Kindle DX I ordered is galloping to the rescue today AND for all the book purists which would include me this is a need rather than a want Post several eye surgeries I'm just plain sick of struggling to read the words on a pageHowever despite the visual challenges I read all 451 pages of The Help yesterday Clearly the book held my interest However I spent last night pondering why the book wasn't as good as my nonstop reading would indicate What was wrong Most of all I think it was the book's ambivalent tone In brief a white woman Miss Skeeter Phelan one of Jackson Mississippi's socially elite convinces a number of the African American maids to tell her their story What goes on in the homes of the upper crust How do these women really treat their maids Though the book would be published anonymously and no locations would be given the stories provide enough detail so that the premise that the book could be received as being about Anywhere USA defies belief Further while having the book's source known might subject Skeeter to social ostracism this is the 1960s in Missa fuckin sippi in the middle of the very tense civil rights' battles For the maids discovery would mean loss of a job with no hope of getting another position and retribution that could include being falsely accused of a crime and jailed or even being injured or killedDespite the underlying tension and references to violent events that do occur the book teeters At times I was furious and in tears over the effing racism and the tragedies described But Kathryn Stockett keeps pulling back It's as though she wants it both ways Let's divulge the incredible cruelty and violence that black people routinely endured but let's also show the goodness of some white people and soft pedal the whole thing into a broader theme ie how difficult it is for two women in any uneual power situation to be friendsNope Sorry You can't have it both ways Though some of the women are kinder to their maids they did not fight against the separate but eual 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 onI don't want a book to make me cry and then pull back and say It's all right It's not all right If you're going to write a book about this horrible time in our history and in a country where racism is still alive and well then do it all out What these women endured deserves Don't put it out there and then pull back and use a Doris Day lens It doesn't work

Kathryn Stockett ë The Help KINDLE

FREE PDF ✓ BOOK The Help Ü Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereThree ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary stepTwenty 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 SkeLibrarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereThree ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary stepTwenty 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 goneAibileen is a black maid a wise regal woman raising her seventeenth white child Something ha I have this terrible dreary feeling in my diaphragm area this morning and I’m not positive what it’s about but I blame some of it on this book which I am not going to finish I have a friend who is mad at me right now for liking stupid stuff but the thing is that I do like stupid stuff sometimes and I think it would be really boring to only like smart things What I don’t like is when smart or even middle brained writers take an important topic and make it petty through guessing about what they don’t know I can list you any number of these writers who would be fine if they weren't reaching into topics about which they have no personal experience incidentally all writers I'm pretty sure my angry friend loves For example The Lovely Bones The Kite Runner Water for Elephants Memoirs of a Geisha etc These are the books for which I have no patience topics that maybe someone with imagination or self awareness could have written about compassionately without exploiting the victimization of the characters They’re books that hide lazy writing behind a topic you can’t criticize The Help is one of theseYou’ve got this narrative telephone game in this book The telephone game is pretty fun sometimes and it is really beautiful in monster stories like Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights because what they are telling me is not intended as trustworthy or earnest All of the seriousness in monster stories is an impression or an emotion reflected back through the layers of narrative I don’t feel that way about the topic of The Help though In this book a white woman writes from the point of view of a black woman during the Civil Rights movement who overhears the conversations of white women It's an important topic and I don't want to hear it through untrustworthy narratorsSo I can basically get on board with the dialect of the black maids but what throws me off as a reader is when the black maid is uoting the white women and they’re all speaking perfect English without a trace of an accent It becomes particularly weird when one of the black maids starts to comment on the extreme accent of one of the white women Celia Foote whose written dialogue continues to be impeccable Who is this narrator Why does she choose not to speak proper English if she can speak it Why does she choose to give proper English to someone else who she has told me doesn't speak it Also usually the layers of narration in a telephone game book are only within the book In this case it’s the author’s voice stabbing through the story I am convinced it is her whose brain hears the white woman speaking TV English and the black women speaking in dialect It gives away the game Even the uotes from the movie have an example of this A conversation between her and Minnie goes like thisCelia Foote They don't like me because of what they think I didMinny Jackson They don't like you 'cause they think you white trash Celia speaks in a proper sentence but Minny misses the are in the second part of the sentence Celia says because but Minny says 'cause If the reader were supposed to understand that Celia does not speak in dialect that would make sense but since it specifically states that she does it doesn't make senseTo attempt to be clear I didn't have a problem that the book was in dialect I had a problem that the book said This white woman speaks in an extreme dialect and then wrote the woman's dialog not in dialect Aerin points out in message 111 that I am talking about eye dialect which is about spelling not pronunciation as in the example above Everyone in real life speaks in some form of non standard English Though I have seen some really beautiful uses of eye dialect as Aerin points out writers typically use it to show subservience of characters or that they are uneducated which often has racist overtones If it troubles you that I'm saying this and you would like to comment on this thread you may want to read other comments because it is likely someone has already said what you are going to sayI’m not finishing this one and it’s not because I think people shouldn’t like it but rather because I’m almost 100 pages in and I can see the end and it’s failed to engage me When a few IRL friends have asked what I thought of the book and I said I didn't care for it they have told me that I am taking it too seriously that it is just a silly fluff book not a serious study of Civil Rights Again I don’t have a problem with stupid books but when it’s a stupid book disguised as an Important Work of Cultural History all I want to do the whole time is tear its mask off And a book about Civil Rights is always important cultural history to me Anyway the book becomes unpleasant; I become unpleasant; it’s bad news If you loved this book though or really even if you hated it I would recommend Coming of Age in Mississippi I think that book is one of the important records of American history Plus it’s beautifully written inspirational and shocking It's been years since I read it so I might be giving it an undeserved halo but I can’t say enough good things about itINDEX OF PROBLEMS WITH THIS REVIEWYou should finish the book before you talk about it comment 150 second paragraph; comments 198 and 199 “Stockett did experience the Civil Rights Era” comment 154; comment 343“The author of The Lovely Bones was raped” comment 190“The author of The Kite Runner is from Afghanistan” comment 560 Memoirs of a Geisha is accurate and not comparable to The Help comment 574“Don’t be so critical” comment 475“Have you written a bestseller” comment 515“Fiction doesn’t have to be a history lesson” comments 157 through 162“Having grown up in the South during this era and having had a maid I could relate to the emotional nuances of this book” comments 222 and 223Minny and Aibileen are relatable comment 626“You are trying to silence authors” comment 317 and comments 306 through 316“Why do you want to read a Civil Rights book about racism and hatred I would prefer one about friendship and working together” comment 464“Why are there so many votes for such a half assed review” comment 534“Authors can write outside of their personal experiences” comments 569 through 587