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I read the first paragraph of The Help absorbing the words but suddenly being caught off guard by the dialect I stopped readingI shifted the book in my hands flipping to the author s biography and photograph on the back of the dust jacket Staring up at me was this image rror Hey so while this book and its film adaption have long been favourites of mine I ve learnt many things about privilege racism and white saviourism since I first read this as a teenager There are uite a few things about how this story came to be that don t sit right with me hence I ve removed my rating and I won t be promoting this any longer If you want to know about the reasons for this google is your friend The answer won t be hard to find Experiential Learning 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 itsxistence a billion weeks on the best seller list Die Neurobiologie des Glücks 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 havever seen an A Final Story: Science, Myth, and Beginnings episode of to know that it s not something i wouldnjoy 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 A New Philosophy of History entertaining book if a book about themotionally charged Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction early days of the civil rights movement can be calledntertaining this is just an Lexikon der Medizin-Irrtümer 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 tven 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 FRITZI auf Sylt - ÖLMALEREI - Kunst in Fotobrillant-Druck 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 toach 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 I was uncomfortable with the tone of the book I felt that the author played to very stereotypical themes and gave the characters Big Little Man especially the African American ones very inappropriate and obvious voices and structure in terms constructing their mental character I understand that the author wrote much of this as a result of herxperiences growing up in the south in the 1960 s and that it may seem authentic to her and that she was The Man from Beijing even trying to be respectful of the people and the time but ultimately I thought that it was written from a very narrow idealized almost childish perspective of race relations without a true appreciation of the humanity and soul of the characters And the ultimate theme message ie why we re all the same there s no difference between us after all only reinforced my feeling that this is written from someone who has a very undeveloped or underdeveloped concept of race and race relations in the United States The author would benefit fromxploring authentic African American voices Richard Wright James Baldwin Zora Neale Hurston Langston Hughes Toni Morrison Alice Walker Maya Angelou and understanding the scope range and most important the foundation of the Creating Lasting Value emotions genuine African American charactersxpress as a result of their journey as a people in the US hope frustration drive passion anger happiness sadness depression joy While it was a well written Understanding Markets and Strategy effort I didn t find it as breathtaking as the rest of the world It or less rubbed me the wrong way It reads like the musings of a white woman attempting to have an uncomfortable conversation without really wanting to be uncomfortable It s incredibly hard to write with integrity about race and be completely honest and vulnerable The author failed to make me believe she was doing anything beyond a show tell And if her intent isn t anything greater then it makes this book all the pandering to the white imagination of what it must have been like to be the help during thatra It s passive self reflection at best and utterly uselessThe national fascination with this book makes me sick It makes me think of my grandmother who was the help to many whit Ever morning until you dead in the ground you gone have to make this decision You gone have to ask yourself Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today Color me surprised I m not one to read many historical fictions Montana Dreams especially when they don t include any fantasylements They read like nonfiction and nonfiction is only good for me if I m in need of sleep B butThe Help is different It doesn t only describe the life of housemaids in the second half of the 20th century in Mississippi it s overflowing with raw Immerwelt - Der Pakt emotion It doesn t putvery white person in a box and Modern South Asia every black person in another It underlines the difference of thought between people but also how similar we actually all are We. Three ordinary women are about to take onextraordinary step In 1962 Jackson Mississippi two African American maids and one white Junior League socialite seemingly as different from one another as can be will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them al.

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All want to live our lives the best way possible and be treated with respect You is kind You is smart You is i I have this terrible dreary feeling in my diaphragm area this morning and I m not positive what it s about but I blame some of it on this book which I am not going to finish 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 What I don t like is when smart or Picture Theory even middle brained writers take an important topic and make it petty through guessing about what they don t know I can list you any number of these writers who would be fine if they weren t reaching into topics about which they have no personalxperience incidentally all writers I m pretty sure my angry friend loves For Ancestral Voices example The Lovely Bones The Kite Runner Water for Elephants Memoirs of a Geishatc These are the books for which I have no patience topics that maybe someone with imagination or self awareness could have written about compassionately without And Bid Him Sing exploiting the victimization of the characters They re books that hide lazy writing behind a topic you can t criticize The Help is one of theseYou ve got this narrative telephone game in this book The telephone game is pretty fun sometimes and it is really beautiful in monster stories like Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights because what they are telling me is not intended as trustworthy orarnest All of the seriousness in monster stories is an impression or an Aristotle Detective (Aristotle emotion reflected back through the layers of narrative I don t feel that way about the topic of The Help though In this book a white woman writes from the point of view of a black woman during the Civil Rights movement who overhears the conversations of white women It s an important topic and I don t want to hear it through untrustworthy narratorsSo I can basically get on board with the dialect of the black maids but what throws me off as a reader is when the black maid is uoting the white women and they re all speaking perfect English without a trace of an accent It becomes particularly weird when one of the black maids starts to comment on thextreme accent of one of the white women Celia Foote whose written dialogue continues to be impeccable Who is this narrator Why does she choose not to speak proper English if she can speak it Why does she choose to give proper English to someone Bones, Clones, and Biomes else who she has told me doesn t speak it Also usually the layers of narration in a telephone game book are only within the book In this case it s the author s voice stabbing through the story I am convinced it is her whose brain hears the white woman speaking TV English and the black women speaking in dialect It gives away the game Even the uotes from the movie have anxample of this A conversation between her and Minnie goes like thisCelia Foote They don t like me because of what they think I didMinny Jackson They don t like you cause they think you white trash Celia speaks in a proper sentence but Minny misses the are in the second part of the sentence Celia says because but Minny says cause If the reader were supposed to understand that Celia does not speak in dialect that would make sense but since it specifically states that she does it doesn t make senseTo attempt to be clear I didn t have a problem that the book was in dialect I had a problem that the book said This white woman speaks in an Bringing the Empire Home extreme dialect and then wrote the woman s dialog not in dialect Aerin points out in message 111 that I am talking aboutye dialect which is about spelling not pronunciation as in the xample above Everyone in real life speaks in some form of non standard English Though I have seen some really beautiful uses of ye dialect as Aerin points out writers typically use it to show subservience of characters or that they are uneducated which often has racist overtones If it troubles you that I m saying this and you would like to comment on this thread you may want to read other comments because it is likely someone has already said what you are going to sayI m not finishing this one and it s not because I think people shouldn t like it but rather because I m almost 100 pages in and I can see the Building the Cold War end and it s failed tongage me When a few IRL friends have asked what I thought of the book and I said I didn t care for it they have told me that I am taking it too seriously that it is just a silly fluff book not a serious study of Civil Rights Again I don t have a problem with stupid books but when it s a stupid book disguised as an Important Work of Cultural History all I want to do the whole time is tear its mask off And a book about Civil Rights is always important cultural history to me Anyway the book becomes unpleasant I become unpleasant it s bad news If you loved this book though or really Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) even if you hated it I would recommend Coming of Age in Mississippi I think that book is one of the important records of American history Plus it s beautifully written inspirational and shocking It s been years since I read it so I might be giving it an undeserved halo but I can t saynough good things about itINDEX OF PROBLEMS WITH THIS REVIEWYou should finish the book before you talk about it comment 150 second paragraph comments 198 and 199 Stockett did Counter-Amores experience the Civil Rights Era comment 154 comment 343 The author of The Lovely Bones was raped comment 190 The author of The Kite Runner is from Afghanistan comment 560 Memoir 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 personalxcept at the Dancing at Armageddon 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 makesvery motion suspect makes it imposs. 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.

Ible to know whether what flowed between two people was honest feeling or pity or pragmatism An louent 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 Composition and Literature expect an honest relationship I did notxpect 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 Cezanne and Provence 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 lateveryday and Dark Voices 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 childrenspecially 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 Contested Reproduction 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 thesemotionsI 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 Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) essence a white author trying to understand black maids The styles parallelach 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 Creating Country Music 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 thesevents 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 Blacklands extent and the story is a part of her Because it s important to her it becomes important to me The Kindle DX I ordered is galloping to the rescue today AND for all the book purists which would include me this is a need rather than a want Post severalye surgeries I m just plain sick of struggling to read the words on a page I know what a froat is and how to fix it Aibileen Clark knows how to cure childhood illnesses and how to help a young aspiring writer write a regular household hints column for the local paper But she s struggling mightily to deal with grief over the death of her 20 something son and she SURE doesn t think conditions will Evolutionary Patterns ever improve for African American domesticngineering servants in Evolution As Entropy early 1960s Jackson Mississippi or anywherelse in the South Aibileen s good friend Minny has been a maid since she was very young and on the first day of her first job her mother admonished her that sass mouth Forging Gay Identities especially her degree of it is highly dangerous but it s not long before she s just gotta mouth offand look for another job As Minny s firstpisode of the book opens she is yet again looking for a new job and this time an opportunity pretty much falls into her lap Celia Foote needs a domestic Forbidden History engineer but she also needs a friend a real allyven a confidante Oh one thing she needs to keep Minny a secret at least for a while I think this plotline was my favorite part Celia s husband had formerly gone with Fiche Blian ag Fás even beenngaged to somebody Esteem Enlivened by Desire else did any of you wonder how they would have gotten along if he had married her instead of CeliaBut really which is the worse attack from Minny a good sass mouthin or a good slice of herxtra special chocolate revenge pieThanks for reading. 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.

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson Mississippi After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and creative writing she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing for nine years She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter She is working on her second novel