Apr 30, Meredith Holley marked it as abandoned Recommends it for: Linda Harrison, Gibney Shelves: I have a friend who is mad at me right now for liking stupid stuff, but the thing is that I do like stupid stuff sometimes, and I think it would be really boring to only like smart things.
Aibileen and Minny are both black maids working for ladies from the cream of white society, while Miss Skeeter is the year-old daughter of one of those pillars of the community.
Aibileen has raised 17 white children, but her own son has been recently killed in an accident at a lumber yard; Minny is forever losing jobs because she talks back to her employers; and Miss Skeeter, so called because she looked like a mosquito when she was born, is ungainly and unmarried and seemingly the only one of her class able to see there might be something unjust about their society.
While Aibileen and Minny are just trying to get by, working all the hours God sends them and then, in the case of Minny, putting up with a drunk, wife-beating husband, Skeeter is in the enviable position of being able to try to make something of her life.
She wants to be a writer. Her first efforts are wonderfully wrong-headed, but inspired by thoughts of the woman who brought her up — Constantine, who has vanished in mysterious circumstances — she hits on the idea of collating the stories of the domestic maids, voices never before heard in print.
In this is not only a radical project, since if any of the white ladies found out their help had been talking in public they would have fired them on the spot, but also illegal in Mississippi, since it contravenes the notorious Jim Crow segregation laws.
The fruition of this project gives the book its narrative arc, but elsewhere the novel is a complex, immaculately structured but tremendously convincing nest built from secrets and lies.
Each of the many relationships between the large cast of characters is perfectly captured, and there is layer after layer of irony to excavate when Stockett describes the lives of the society women of Jackson.
But most impressive — and attractive — is the blend of rage and humour with which she writes and that is what makes this novel at once so horrifying yet so savagely funny.The Help study guide contains a biography of Kathryn Stockett, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
About The Help The Help Summary. I’ve been reading some sober books recently, the latest being Chloe Hooper’s The Arsonist (my review is coming). Its exploration of bushfire arson so unsettled me that I wanted to read something less harrowing, and opted for Sally Hepworth’s The Family Next Door, which has been on my TBR since I went to Hepworth’s author event at Beaumaris Books earlier this year.
Transcript of The Help presentation By: Kathryn Stockett The Help The Help The Help was written in by an inspirational and creative author, Kathryn Stockett.
Due to this book's overwhelming success, historical references and significant themes it has become a best . Kathryn Stockett never intended to write a best-selling novel.
In fact, when she started writing her debut novel, The Help, she didn't think anyone would ever read it. Nov 03, · The book, a debut novel by Kathryn Stockett, also comes with a back story that is a publishing dream come true: at first rejected by nearly 50 agents, the .
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