Might not sound like much to us now, but then it was mortally risky. Minny finally manages to find a new job working for Miss Celia Foote, who, luckily for Minny, is too new to the town to know anything about her.
The s South relied heavily on these broad fear-based stereotypes. 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. In doing so, she tells us a lot about ourselves, both how kindred we all are across every conceivable barrier, and how much we could have together if we would dare to cross some lines.
The things Stockett dramatizes occurred just a few years before I was born. When the little girl grew up, she and Constantine were reunited. She seemed to genuinely like the woman, and we needed the money.
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.
Hilly Holbrook, in particular, is set on vengeance due to the details in the book. But most impressive — and attractive — is the blend of rage and humour with which she writes and that is what makes this novel at once so horrifying yet so savagely funny.
Aibileen and Minny have their own problems at home, as well as those surrounding their work for the white families. In that way, the book both tells the uneasy, risky truth and gives some much-needed, accessible hope. Join the site and send us your review! Is The Help worthy of the hype?
Book groups armed with hankies will talk and talk The lines were uneven, of course. A century after the Emancipation Proclamation, black maids raised white children and ran households but were paid poorly, often had to use separate toilets from the family, and watched the children they cared for commit bigotry.
Writing about African-American domestics and the women they support in s Mississippi requires great imagination and observation. Twenty-three year old Skeeter Phelan plays the white female protagonist who feels alien to her native Jackson after studying literature and journalism at Ole Miss.
She has been brought up by black maids since she was young, and longs to find out why her much-loved maid, Constantine, has disappeared.
The actors handle the narration and dialogue so well that no character is ever stereotyped, the humor is always delightful, and the listener is led through the multilayered stories of maids and mistresses.
But, honestly, most relationships included some good even in the midst of injustice. That was a confusing time for me.
The novel is a superb intertwining of personal and political history in Jackson, Miss. Radicals like to imagine that every African American was a revolutionary. Of course, that means life remains incredibly dangerous for African Americans in general and Black maids revealing the secrets of their white employers in particular.
The novel recounts the lives of six women in s Jackson, MS. While Aibileen and Minny are just trying to get by, working all the hours God sends them and then, in the case of Minny, putting up with a drunk, wife-beating husband, Skeeter is in the enviable position of being able to try to make something of her life.
Finally, The Help helps me to think about where I currently live.
Aibileen has raised 17 white children, but her own son has been recently killed in an accident at a lumber yard; Minny is forever losing jobs because she talks back to her employers; and Miss Skeeter, so called because she looked like a mosquito when she was born, is ungainly and unmarried and seemingly the only one of her class able to see there might be something unjust about their society.
Kathryn Stockett manages to merge fact and fiction perfectly, exploring different emotions ranging from sadness to happiness - sometimes all in the same paragraph. There are about two-dozen expletives throughout the book. These are the books for which I have no patience, topics that maybe someone with more imagination or self-awareness could have written about compassionately, without exploiting the victimization of the characters.
She wants to be a writer. I suspect many families who read this book will be helped to care for their nannies and helpers in a far better way. Whites were privileged—even poor whites—and Blacks were oppressed. Constantine had nowhere else to go, so she moved with her daughter to Chicago and an even worse fate.
In this is not only a radical project, since if any of the white ladies found out their help had been talking in public they would have fired them on the spot, but also illegal in Mississippi, since it contravenes the notorious Jim Crow segregation laws.
The book is worth reading if for no other reason than the reminder that popularity and public opinion are bondage. 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.
Stockett tries to capture this more complex reality.The Help represents Stockett’s first foray into novels, and I’d have to say she’s made a good entrance into the genre with a bestseller and a movie based upon the book.
The Basics. At pages, The Help reads very quickly and smoothly. Our Reading Guide for The Help by Kathryn Stockett includes a Book Club Discussion Guide, Book Review, Plot Summary-Synopsis and Author Bio.
Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush! I cannot gush enough about this book. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, follows the lives of three women living in Jackson, Mississippi.
Two of the women, Aibilene and Minny are black, hired as help to wealthy, or trying to appear wealthy, white families/5. Book Reviews The Help by Kathryn Stockett: review Toby Clements is impressed by a debut novel set in the segregated Deep South of the Sixties, reviewing The Help.
The book is narrated by three very different women; Minny, a black maid unable to keep a job due to her hot head, Aibileen, another black maid who is raising her 'seventeenth white child', and Miss Skeeter, at the opposite end of the.
Apr 01, · In "The Help," a page-turner that brings new resonance to the moral issues involved,author Kathryn Stockett spins a story of social awakening as seen from both sides of the American racial divide.Download