The Help

The Help

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Kathryn Stockett

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 30mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141039280
  • ISBN 13: 9780141039282
  • Sales rank: 50

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"The Help" is the phenomenal international bestseller (that inspired the Oscar nominated film) by Kathryn Stockett. Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver...There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell..."The other side of "Gone with the Wind" - and just as unputdownable". ("The Sunday Times"). "A big, warm girlfriend of a book". ("The Times"). "Harper Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" has changed lives. Its direct descendent "The Help" has the same potential ...an astonishing feat of accomplishment". ("Daily Express"). Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. "The Help" is her first novel.

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Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. This is her first novel.

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By Ruth Hill 08 Dec 2013 5

I was on the waiting list for this book for almost 6 months. When it came through, I have to admit that I thought I might not like it. And if I would have based my review on the first 30 or 40 pages, I would have let it go. I just couldn't connect with the story. I really struggled with dialect of the black servants. And I felt like I was thrown into the middle of the story with no background.

Around page 50, the character of Minny finally got my attention. I was genuinely interested in what happened to her. And then the very next chapter was Skeeter, the white woman who does so much good in the book. I can only hope that if I lived back then, I would have been as brave as she was. She did not back down, and she was willing to do whatever it took to change things.

There were some classic moments in this book that really drew me in--I am still talking about one interesting little pie recipe in the book. And not all things in the book happen like you think they should. There are moments that will outrage you and probably even cause you to cry.

I enjoy the way the author wrote the book. She writes from the perspective of three people, I think. And you can tell that the author knows much of what she is talking about. And her note in the back of the book confirms this. She grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and the author herself had a black servant.

If you would have asked me last week about my rating of the book, I would have given it four stars. I give it five because once I got into it, I really didn't like to put it down. The author knows just when to switch over to a different perspective, and the reader has to wait to see what happens in that situation a few chapters later.

No sex is in the book--I like that. There is some bad language, but the concept of true Christian faith is also in the book. The women are strong, and the blacks are so willing to stand up for their rights in spite of the consequences. In fact, some of them see it as a chance to have a fresh start.

If you enjoy historical fiction, this book would suit you. If you have strong feelings about civil right and equal rights for women, you would like the views of this book. If you like a good romance, sorry, this book really doesn't have that. And if you come into this book with racist/prejudiced views, you will probably hate it as the woman who runs the town, Hilly, did. It is definitely one that will stick with you!

By Nada BN 23 Aug 2013 5

The novel is written from the personal point of view of two black maids- Abileen and Minny and a white and emancipated young woman Skeeter Phelan which takes a revolutionary decision to write down the real life stories of black maids. These three persons are shown as contemporary heroines which put human and specially women rights in the 60th in question and show what an amount of courage is needed to attack if not change the fixed ideas on social differences in a small provincial town of Mississipi. The novel wants to be optimistic and funny so it leaves out a more profound analysis of social background and causes for white predominance and insists on hope that time can improve the relationships between the two classes.

By Pauline O'Keeffe 16 Sep 2012 5

I went between laughing and crying which is a great sign of great work. Brilliant and well written

By Anna Bochenek 28 Feb 2012 5

A great read, the perfect book to read whilst sitting at the beach.
The descriptions of the characters were so vivid. Some bits were hilarious whilst other parts were very moving. I would highly recommend this book. It was really hard to put this book down as it was so well written.

I can't wait until the author writes her next book.

Watched the movie and I am glad to say they were fairly true to the book.

By Claire Cosgriff 10 Jan 2012 5

Fabulous book! I am stunned that this is the Author's first novel, she is a brilliant writer. I am equally stunned that this book was written about events only 50 years ago. I haven't read a book this clever in a long time. It was hard to put down and now that I have finished it, I am really missing it. At least I can watch the movie now. You won't regret reading this thought provoking book.

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The other side of Gone with the Wind - and just as unputdownable The Sunday Times A big, warm girlfriend of a book The Times Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird has changed lives. It's direct descendent The Help has the same potential ... an astonishing feat of accomplishment Daily Express Outstanding, immensely funny, very compelling, brilliant Daily Telegraph Immensely readable Observer Daring, vitally important and very courageous, I loved and admired The Help. Fantastic -- Marian Keyes A laugh-out-loud, vociferously angry must-read Marie Claire Touching, disgraceful, funny. Highly recommended Daily Mail Utterly brilliant She Remarkable, shocking, brave, brilliant Easy Living Wonderfully engaging dialogue Good Housekeeping A compelling, great first novel, with soaring highs, poignant side stories and laugh-out-loud anecdotes. You'll be sorry to finish it Psychologies A winning story of courage and truth Woman & Home A brisk, involving read Metro An exciting and atmospheric story -- Rachel Cooke Observer Books of the Year A wise, poignant novel. You'll catch yourself cheering out loud People