The Help

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The Help

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The Help

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This is a rich and complex story about the relationships that existed between African American domestics and their white employers as the young civil rights movement develops in Jackson, MS and across the nation. These relationships are examined from both sides – white and black – through two main characters, Skeeter and Abialine. Skeeter, a young white woman raised and deeply loved by a black domestic Constantine, is determined to become a writer. During a bridge club meeting, she learns that Abialine’s son (now dead) began writing a manuscript describing the relationship between black men and their employers in the Deep South. This triggered an idea to do a similar work, only about women. Abialine and Skeeter begin the journey of writing "Help" against the back drop of the civil rights movement.

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The irony is that the plot mirrors the narrative. The women in The Help live the relationships as they secretively write the manuscript about these relationships for Harper & Row. We are reading their manuscript with more characters added – husbands, children, doctors, and colorful politicians.
\r\n All the characters are beautifully developed. The antagonist Hilly, is completely believable and recognizable – we all have known a Hilly. My favorite character is Minnie. She is tough, honest, untrusting of whites, and ultimately self-sacrificing. Give yourself a treat, read The Help. By: Holly Kisly

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The Help A very enjoyable read. The story held my interest throughout, though towards the end the book became very predictable, especially since it became quickly apparent that the character "Skeeter" was autobiographical. I liked the book partly because I thought the author did a good job avoiding making her characters into caricatures or complete stereotypes. But I constantly wondered how the story may have been different if it had been written from the perspective of a daughter of one of the black maids, as opposed to the daughter of the white family that employed them. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the book The Help. By: Sammi Malek "S.M."

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The Help

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