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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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The Help is a touching novel that explores the lives of black maids living in the racially unjust, Mississippi in the 1960s, 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 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.I loved all of the characters especially Minny as she'll talk back and can be quite funny.Her interactions with her employers and others is a delight to read as she's written so well.All viewpoints are gripping but for me, Minny was definitely the best and I would have prefered if she had more chapters than Skeeter.

I enjoyed Kathryn Stockett's writing as I thought she did an excellent job at creating tension,painting an image and giving the characters complexities.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.
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Linda Really liked your review, Reading Corner. This was such a good one!


Gi's Spot Reviews Great review, honey! ;)


Reading Corner Gp wrote: "Great review, honey! ;)"

Linda wrote: "Really liked your review, Reading Corner. This was such a good one!"

Thanks Linda and GP :)


Louise Great review. I loved this book when it came out. I need to watch the movie now, hopefully they have done it well.


Reading Corner Louise wrote: "Great review. I loved this book when it came out. I need to watch the movie now, hopefully they have done it well."

Thanks Louise!My mother loved it so I thought I'd give it a read.Same, I hope it lives up to the book.


Clumsy Storyteller Fab review hun =)


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Leni Iversen I've neither read the book nor seen the movie. But I seem to remember some criticism against the movie, that they focused too much on the white woman and how she felt about the maids and injustices, so the coloured perspective became more of a prop for the development of the writer. You say that you found Minny to be more interesting but Skeeter has more chapters. Did it seem a bit "white gaze" to you, or did you feel that Minny and Aibileen got to present their stories in a genuine way?


message 8: by Maria... (new)

Maria... Amazing review, honey!!! :)


Deanna Excellent review!!!


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Alp Wonderful review, RC. :)


Reading Corner Leni wrote: "I've neither read the book nor seen the movie. But I seem to remember some criticism against the movie, that they focused too much on the white woman and how she felt about the maids and injustices..."

I never actually looked at it that way but that's actually kinda true, the white woman has way more chapters then the rest and seems to undergo the most character developments.I still do think the two black maids still got to present their stories in a genuine way and they both grow a bit in terms of character development especially Minny at the end.


Reading Corner Alp wrote: "Wonderful review, RC. :)"

Deanna wrote: "Excellent review!!!"

Maria wrote: "Amazing review, honey!!! :)"

Thanks everyone :)


Reading Corner Alp wrote: "Wonderful review, RC. :)"

Deanna wrote: "Excellent review!!!"

Maria wrote: "Amazing review, honey!!! :)"

Thanks everyone :)


✦❋Arianna✦❋ Great review, babe! :DD


message 15: by NiCoLeTa E. (new)

NiCoLeTa E. Wonderfull review, sweetheart!!! ;*))) xx


Reading Corner NiCoLeTa E. wrote: "Wonderfull review, sweetheart!!! ;*))) xx"

Arianna wrote: "Great review, babe! :DD"

Thanks :)


Ally Love your review. Love this book.


Reading Corner Ally wrote: "Love your review. Love this book."

Thanks Ally :)


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Orient excelent review, it reminded me of The Color Purple it's not about maids, but about rasism and hard life of black women


Reading Corner Orient wrote: "excelent review, it reminded me of The Color Purple it's not about maids, but about rasism and hard life of black women"

Thanks!That's actually been on my tbr pile for awhile, it looks good!


message 21: by rheeza (new)

rheeza Beautiful review hun!


Reading Corner rheeza (callowaybooks ) wrote: "Beautiful review hun!"

Thanks rheeza :)


message 23: by Aisling Zena (new)

Aisling Zena Fab review RC! :)


Reading Corner Aisling Zena wrote: "Fab review RC! :)"

Thanks Aisling :)


Mollie I totally agree with your review on this. I couldn't have said it better myself.


message 26: by Matt (new) - rated it 5 stars

Matt Prost I agree, this book was a fantastic book and it gave me a new insight on how racism was in the 1960s.


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