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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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This is a story on many levels: it is an interesting and engrossing novel, but it covers deep moral issues. It’s about racism and an insight into a time and place that is fascinating and how it affected society in the US. It’s a story how servants/maids show more integrity and moral compass than their employers. It’s a story of life and communities: how we love and hate, how we laugh and cry, how we interact with family, friends and those we work with/for.

The narrative in The Help places the perspective from a white journalist (Miss Skeeter) and 2 black maids (Aibileen and Minny). Each character is very well developed with more than just a superficial, stereotypical front. There are other books that cover slavery, segregation and racism in the US. Many are more sensational and brutal in their coverage of black subjugation, however, this book leads us to those issues in a less graphic manner for more mainstream readers. The stories and insights in themselves are inspiring and understanding the paradox where someone like Aibileen can be trusted to raise white children but watched suspiciously in case she steals anything, is bizarre. How maids must remain upbeat and pleasant regardless of the way they’re treated or what may be happening within their own families. To hold the quality of someone’s life as a weapon is corrupt and repulsive, but to do it on a systemic scale is completely abhorrent.

The Help is a very clever book, perhaps meant for more global audiences as it provides an entertaining story whilst delivering these deep ethical issues. I highly recommend this book.
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Reading Progress

December 29, 2016 – Shelved
Started Reading
July 12, 2017 – Finished Reading
January 24, 2018 – Shelved as: literary-fiction
February 11, 2018 – Shelved as: favorites

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JV Marvellous write-up, Peter! I loved this heartbreaking novel. 😃


Peter Thanks very much, JV and it was a really good story. :):)


Lindsay - Traveling Sister Wonderful review Peter! 😊


Peter Thank you for your kind words, Lindsay, really appreciated :):)


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Diane Wallace Great review, Peter! ;)


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Richard Really good review ..... I loved this book as well :)


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Beata Grand review, Peter :) haven't read this books, just reviews, but I guess you got the theme perfectly :) might read it if my shelf in (nearly) empty :)))


Peter Diane wrote: "Great review, Peter! ;)"

Thank you again, Diane, I really appreciate your support. :):)


Peter Richard wrote: "Really good review ..... I loved this book as well :)"

Delighted that you enjoyed the book Richard, it's probably one of those iconic books now. Thanks for your comment.


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leslie hamod A wonderful review!💜💙💚😁


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leslie hamod A wonderful review!💜💙💚😁


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Kathleen Excellent review.


Peter Beata wrote: "Grand review, Peter :) haven't read this books, just reviews, but I guess you got the theme perfectly :) might read it if my shelf in (nearly) empty :)))"

It's a great book to read and I think you would really like it. Thanks for your lovely comment, Beata.


Peter leslie hamod wrote: "A wonderful review!💜💙💚😁"

Thank you so much, Leslie 😊😊😊


Peter Kathleen wrote: "Excellent review."

Thank you for such a kind comment, Kathleen. :):)


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leslie hamod You are so very welcome Peter!😁😘


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Michelle Great review, Peter!


Peter Michelle wrote: "Great review, Peter!"

I appreciate the very kind comment, Michelle. :):)


Paula Kalin Terrific review, Peter!


Peter Paula wrote: "Terrific review, Peter!"

Thanks very much, Paula, I really appreciate the kind words. :):)


Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader One of my favorites! Terrific review, Peter!


Peter Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader wrote: "One of my favorites! Terrific review, Peter!"

Thank you so much, Jennifer, and great to hear you loved it as well. :):)


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