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L at risk And why Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times And sometimes line are made to be crossed In pitch perfect voices Kathryn Stockett creates three memorable women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever change. 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

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S 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 An unabridged production on 15 CDs approx 18 hours. enthusiasm this book and i almost never met and that would have been tragic the fault is mostly mine i mean the book made no secret of its existence a billion weeks on the best seller list every third customer asking for it at work displays and reviews and people on here praising it to the heavens it practically spread its legs for me but i just kept walking i figured it was something for the ladies like sex and the city which i don't have to have ever seen an episode of to know that it's not something i would enjoy i figured that this book was on the ladder one rung above chick lit so i am to blame for my snobbish dismissiveness but have you seen this cover what is with that sickroom color scheme and i hate those stupid little birds what is chip kidd so busy doing that he can't just pop over here and lend a hand it is not my fault for thinking it was a crappy book when that cover wanted me to think it is a crappy bookbut this book is good really really good again i thank you readers' advisory class for fixing me up with this book it has been a long time since i have read such a frankly entertaining book if a book about the emotionally charged early days of the civil rights movement can be called entertaining this is just an effortlessly told story split between three different women whose voices and perspectives never run together the secondary characters are also completely believable and are all different brands of repellent with some token sympathetic characters tossed in for the halibut i don't even know what to say i just feel all aw shucks i loved this book about it there were several times i would catch myself grinning at a turn of phrase or a situation and every time i would start to doubt myself that maybe i would like sex and the city or buffy the vampire slayer or all these things i have formerly judged without having readseeneaten maybe i am like these white women in the book taking their help for granted and assuming they have nothing to say to each other because of their unwillingness to talk to them and know them as human beings maybe buffy and i have so much to learn from one anotherthen i would snap out of it and remember that my gut opinions are 9999% foolproof so for you other people who need to be swayed by hype i give you hype this book's hype is merited it would be a perfect book to read this summer when you are melting from the sun and need a good story this is a very tender and loving book about hope and sisterhood and opportunity but also about beatings and terror and shamestill hate those birds thoughcome to my blog

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