Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Cons...more
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Stockett includes this quote 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 o...more
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One of my co-workers, a guy who isn’t much of a reader, borrowed The Help from the library based on his English professor’s recommendation. The guy just couldn’t stop talking about the story, so I decided to borrow the audio book. It’s not very often I get to discuss books with people in real life and I wasn’t going to let this opportunity slip by. Audio books are good for me. I was so engrossed in the story and characters that I drove the speed limit on the high...more
For all the accolades and attention Kathryn Stockett has recei...more
AND, for all the book purists (which would include me), this is a need, rather than a want. Post-several eye surgeries, I'm just plain sick of struggling to read the words on a page.
However, despite the visual challenges, I read all 451 pages of The Help yesterday. Clearly, the book held my interest. However, I spent last night pondering why the book wasn't as good as my nonstop reading would indicate.
What was wrong?
Most of all, I thin...more
Miss Hilly nod her head, “Oh, they're out there.”
Law, this book be good! I’m on tell you how good this book be. Everthing ‘bout this book be good, you gone read this book and you gone see what I’s mean. Law!
Note: My opinion on this is very much colored by t...more
While i found the story line somewaht intriguing and the book did hold my interest, i didn't find it to be particularly engrossing, much less compelling.
The first thing that smacked me right in the face was the whole dialect issue. Not knowing much about the book, after reading the first few sentences I flipped to the back cover over to reveal, yep, you guessed it, the all knowing white lady speaking for the oppressed and...more
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...more
The Help stays pretty air-tight to what was...more
But this book is about so much more than the way maids were treated in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi. It's more than a story of how the Junior League president ruled the lives of pretty much everyone in town. Mostly, it is a story about doing something. Taking action. Trying to change t...more
I LOVE this book, with it being one of my favorite book ever. The Help is well written and well researched, giving unique insight into the black maids living and working in the southern US during the early 60's. As a child growing up in Atlanta, Lillie Frazier came to our house three times a week. She loved and nurtured me in...more
Set at the beginning of the 1960's in Jackson, Mississippi it is the story of three women and the friendships that develop between them. The notable detail is the fact that two are black servants and one is a white woman of the Jackson gentry. The story is told through the accounts of...more
The story's setting is 19...more
I'm glad I'm listening to this one, rather than just reading it, but I will probably buy the book too. It's written in the first-person, alternating among 3 women in early-1960's Mississippi - 2 black maids and one young white woman who has just graduated from college and is seeing the community she grew up in i...more
The Help details the lives of three women living in Jackson, Mississippi, right when the Civil Rights Movement began. There is Skeeter, a twenty-two-year-old aspiring writer who terribly misses her maid, Cons...more
Eugenia (known to everyone as Skeeter) is a young white woman and aspiring author who has just returned home from college. At a bridge club meeting with her now married childhood friends, she finds herself troubled to hear of one of these friend's initiative for every household to have a separate bathroom for the "...more
Kisah 'pelayan hitam' pada 'majikan putih' ini mengingatkan saya pada novel favorit saya "To Kill a Mockingbird". Kepedulian segelintir orang pada sesamanya yang berbeda warna kulit diant...more
I don't really have words to say what I felt was great about this book without sounding cliche. This book was brilliant on so many levels, I feel like I want to start it over from the beginning and listen to it again....more
I 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:
Oh, sweet Jesus, I thought. An affluent, white Manhattanite. Great. And one who apparently fancies herself a master at Southern Black Vernacular. Even better.
I rolled my eyes and returned to page one, fully prepared to hate ever...more
Sepertinya saya memang berjodoh dengan buku ini *lebay dikit gpp ya* dari beberapa bulan yang lalu saat beberapa teman di goodreads membaca buku ini saya sudah tertarik dengan cover 3 burung ungunya itu. Saat beredar buku terjemahannya malah jadi lebih tertarik untuk baca, covernya lebih indah lagi. Gara-gara sudah jatuh cinta inilah, saya tidak berani banyak-banyak baca review, takut spoiler, hehe. Hanya saja dari gambar cover sudah te...more
Coming from anyone else, that line might offend, but coming from Kathryn Stockett, former Jackson, Mississippian herself, I have to smile. Cause ain't it the truth.
The Help is the story of a college graduate, Skeeter, coming home to Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960's after completing her degree at Ole Miss. Skeeter wants to be a writer, but is encouraged by a New York City publishing...more
Stockett makes the characters come to life with her scene and character descriptions; writing in the 'voices' of...more
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