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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help was on my TBR since it won Viola Davis an Oscar. I was intrigued by it’s strong women cast and the theme of racism and gender.

STUFF ON THE BACK OVER SAYS

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.

PLOT IN SHORT

The plot revolves around a white woman- Miss Skeeter , interviewing a dozen black women, working as house help in the town of Jackson in the 1960s. The ‘helps’ talk about thier good and bad experiences while cleaning, cooking and taking care of the white babies. Miss Skeeter puts it all in a book and hopes it will be her ticket to New York. What all difficulties the women face while writing the book and the aftermath of its publication, forms the whole premise of the story.

THE GOOD

– well written

– endearing Characters

– nicely paced

THE BAD

– some readers may not like the tone of the book.

MY THOUGHTS

There is no doubt that it is a well written book beautiful showing us what it was like for a black person to live in that time and age. I was however left disappointed with the end , maybe because I had high expectations.

~spoilers ahead~

I was hoping that once the book- Help is out, it would help the Martin Luther King revolution or atleast cause some major change in the behaviour of the people of Jackson. None of these things are shown to be happening. The book is just a rich white women telling stories of poor black women and nothing else. I understand the point of the book was to show that we aren’t different but some how it ended up showing just that. A dramatically positive ending is what I wanted for the black women and I did not find that here.

All those looking for historical books, or books based on domestic relations or something in the vein of ‘To kill a mockingbird’ you’ll find this to be an interesting read.

MY RATINGS

4.3/5

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