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Bối cảnh nơi những câu chuyện của THE HELP (NGƯỜI GIÚP VIỆC) diễn ra là hạt Jackson, bang Mississippi, vào những năm 60 của thế kỷ 20, khi những phong trào đòi dân quyền và bình đẳng giữa những người da màu và người da trắng đang diễn ra mạnh mẽ khắp nước Mỹ, thì ở Jackson - sự phân biệt chủng tộc lại gần như càng đậm đặc, và chờ chực được bùng nổ chỉ cần một nguyên cớ rất ...more
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Published September 26th 2011 by NXB Trẻ (first published February 10th 2009)
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Meredith Holley
Apr 30, 2010 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: read Coming of Age in Mississippi instead, please
Recommended to Meredith by: Linda Harrison, Gibney
I have this terrible, dreary feeling in my diaphragm area this morning, and Im not positive what its 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 dont like is when smart (or even middle-brained) writers take an important topic and make it petty through guessing about what ...more
Caroline
Sep 22, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was uncomfortable with the tone of the book; I felt that the author played to very stereotypical themes, and gave the characters (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 her experiences growing up in the south in the 1960's, and that it may seem authentic to her, and that she was even trying to be respectful of the people and the time; ...more
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Annalisa
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annalisa by: Jeana Quigley
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 black/white relationship and this story beautifully shows the complex spectrum, not only the hate, abuse, mistrust, but the love, attachment, dependence.

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
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Maegen
While it was a well-written effort, I didn't find it as breathtaking as the rest of the world. It more 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, ...more
Ellen
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
The Kindle DX I ordered is galloping to the rescue today...

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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
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Lola
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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. Im not one to read many historical fictions, especially when they dont include any fantasy elements. They read like nonfiction, and nonfiction is only good for me if Im in need of sleep. B-but

The Help is different. It doesnt only describe the life of housemaids, in the second half of the 20th century, in
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karen
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: it-is-for-class
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 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
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Kai
We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I'd thought.

My favourite book next to Harry Potter. This novel did so many things to me.

There was lots of crying...
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...happiness...
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...sass...
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...more tears...
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...and most of all friendship.
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Majenta
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 ever improve for African-American domestic-engineering servants in early-1960s Jackson, Mississippi or anywhere else in the South.

Aibileen's good friend Minny has been a
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James
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book at least 4 years ago, before I began to more consistently use Goodreads... and now I'm going back to ensure I have some level of a review for everything I read. It's only fair... if the author took the time to write it, and I found a few hours to read it... I should share my views so others can decide if it's a good book for them.

That said... did anyone not love or like this book? I'll have to check out some other people's reviews... And I wonder how many people just watched the
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Nancy

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One of my co-workers, a guy who isnt much of a reader, borrowed The Help from the library based on his English professors recommendation. The guy just couldnt stop talking about the story, so I decided to borrow the audio book. Its not very often I get to discuss books with people in real life and I wasnt 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 highway and took
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Salome G
Jul 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story itself: This could have really used a better editor. I didn't understand why the boyfriend character was even in there--he added nothing to the story. In addition, Skeeter keeps telling us that Hilly and Elizabeth are her friends but that's just it--she tells us. We never see why she would want to be friends with either of them, Hilly especially. Other characters were equally unbelievable. All the maids are good people and so gracious to Miss Skeeter, save one. Reading their ...more
Jaline
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing and moving novel. So much so that tasks, appointments, and everything else in my life were put on hold while I read, laughed, cried, celebrated, hurt, and felt healed. Some friends once told me about a spiritual teacher who would often say, There is magic in the telling. The truth in those words vibrates throughout this brilliantly conceived and executed novel.

The author herself talks about the risk of a white woman telling the stories of black women living in an era of slow
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Jason
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kindle, 2011, reviewed
It's true. There are some racists in this town, Miss Leefolt say.
Miss Hilly nod her head, Oh, they're out there.


Law, this book be good! Im on tell you how good this book be. Everthing bout this book be good, you gone read this book and you gone see what Is mean. Law!
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Dana Ilie
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
There is a lot to like about this book. It is easy to be drawn in by the storyline and the characters and its a pretty fast read. Its a historical time-period Ive been really interested, and I thought the portrayal of the events and the relationships were pretty accurately done.

The characters are really well done theyre all pretty different and easy to tell apart, and theyre all so likable in their own real, sometimes prickly ways.

And I was impressed by the fairly even-handedness of the topic
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Tatiana
Mar 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think this could be any more obvious, trite and cliche-ridden. The book's only aim is to make white people feel better about themselves (you know, that same old a-brave-white-lady-savior story you've read and a few dozen times before). Guess it worked. Again.
JV (semi-hiatus)
Do you ever wish you could... change things?
There are only a few novels that end up in my Home for my heart shelf, i.e. a shortlist of my all-time-favourite books. Those gorgeous prose remind me of limitless imagination, life's trials and tribulations, overcoming overwhelming odds with tenacity, fortitude, kindness, the strength of character, and love; and sometimes, it serves as a personal reminder about that gaping hole that nothing can ever fill. The Help is one of those novels.
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Peter
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Servility
This is a book that delivers on several levels: it is an entertaining and engrossing novel with drama, humour and sadness, but it also causes us to reflect on deeply moral and racial issues. While racism has existed for a long time and continues to unfold, the story provides a snap-shot into a time that is fascinating and how historically it manifested itself into society in the US. Its a story of how servants or maids show more integrity and moral compass than their employers. Its a
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
The Help is a 2009 novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. The Help is set in the early 1960's in Jackson, Mississippi, and told primarily from the first-person perspectives of three women: Aibileen Clark, Minny Jackson, and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan. Aibileen is a maid who takes care of children and cleans. Her own 24-year-old son, Treelore, died from an accident on his job. In the story, she is tending the Leefolt household and caring for their toddler, Mae Mobley.
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Matt
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matt by: Sarah Suzy
Shelves: audiobook, buddy-read
Kathryn Stockett has created this wonderful story that depicts life in Americas South during the early 1960s. A mix of humour and social justice, the reader is faced with a powerful piece on which to ponder while remaining highly entertained. In Jackson, Mississippi, the years leading up to the Civil Rights Movement presented a time where colour was a strong dividing line between classes. Black women spent much of their time serving as hired help and raising young white children, while their ...more
Thomas
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
1.24.2020 update:

Whew I originally read this book when I was in high school and wow did I lack racial awareness then. I left my original five-star review below, though now I recognize that there are a lot of problems with a white woman portraying the south in this way. Here's a link to an article that explains this with a good amount of depth, featuring the perspective of Viola Davis: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/201...

Here's a concise Goodreads review I'd recommend checking out:
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Darth J
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These is white rules. I dont know which ones you following and which ones you aint.
We look at each other a second. Im tired of the rules, I say.

-p.155


The Help spins the tales of women of color who worked as housekeepers in Louisiana in the early 1960s, as told to Skeeter who will chronicle their stories and publish them anonymously in one volume. Her naiveté is shattered when she realizes the back-breaking labor these women do and some of the conditions with which they must endure to make ends
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Maggie Stiefvater
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone and their mum. and their barbers
Recommended to Maggie by: everyone's mum and their barbers
Shelves: adult, recommended
So, it looks like THE HELP is turning out to be one of those novels that I love despite flaws. Nearly everyone in the world knows what this book is about (as I pen this review, it is at #2 in Amazon sales ranking) but I shall reiterate: its the story of three women -- two black, one white -- in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, and how the two black maids work with the one extremely naive white young woman to write a book of their stories as the help.

In the spirit of honesty, I should tell you that I
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Reading Corner
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Help is a touching novel that explores the lives of black maids living in the racially unjust, Mississippi in the 1960s, by using the perspective of two black maids and a female, white writer.Minny and Aibileen are the two maids who are close friends and like many other maids, have spent the majority of their life cleaning up after white families and raising their kids.Skeeter is the third character the novel centres around, she fondly remembers her own maid, Constantine but lacks ...more
Will Byrnes
Sep 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Help is a tale of lines, color, gender and class, in the Jackson, Mississippi of the early 1960s. This is a world in which black women work as domestics in white households and must endure the whims of their employers lest they find themselves jobless, or worse. It is the Jackson, Mississippi where Medgar Evers is murdered, and where spirit and hope are crushed daily. It is the Jackson, Mississippi where Freedom Riders are taken from a bus, a place where segregation and racism are core ...more
Cecily
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canada-and-usa
This is a powerful story about women's relationships with each other, and how they are affected by race (and class), told from the viewpoints of three women (two black maids and a young white woman). It is set in segregated Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962-64, at the dawn of the civil rights movement, but it's local and domestic, rather than looking at the big picture.

The first third of the book establishes the main characters and their situation and relationships; the rest of it revolves around a
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Praveen
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I done finished this book finally !
I ain't never seen a book like this lately.
it were not too long before I seen something in me had changed, reading it ! May be a seed was immediately planted inside a me.

After finish it I seen a small baby in street. She very much like Mae Mobley Leefolt. When I see her, she laugh, dance a little happy jig. I touch her cheeks, she smile again.
Then I go to work but find her dancing again weaving her hand !
:)
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I'll try to
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Lucy
May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush! I cannot gush enough about this book.

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, follows the lives of three women living in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi. Two of the women, Aibilene and Minny are black, hired as help to wealthy, or trying to appear wealthy, white families. Eugenia, or "Skeeter" as she is called, is a white woman recently graduated from Ole Miss University and trying to become a writer. She is what probably most of us are, kindly ignorant of the world around her.
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Lauren Cecile
Didn't like the "Negro dialect - You is kind, you is smart, you is important - REALLY?!," the "shit pie" scheme, the stereotypical '50s "Negro attitude" and the fact that the author didn't really let the maids be dignified enough for my taste. Happy ending only for Skeeter. I need more depth and nuance, but realize this was mainly a "beach read."
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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.

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