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Taking place in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960's, "The Help" looks at the treatment of black maids by their white employers.
The book is writtenTaking place in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960's, "The Help" looks at the treatment of black maids by their white employers.
The book is written from the perspectives of two of the maids, as well as Skeeter, a white woman who has recently graduated college and is looking to find her place in the world. With dreams of being a copy editor, Skeeter is reduced to writing a cleaning advice column in the local paper. An editor in New York City recommends she begin to write on something she is passionate about. That's when she starts to realize the degree of mistreatment the black maids receive in the houses of her friends - and even her own home. Could this be the start of a new project that can help her begin her writing career?
Meanwhile, Aibileen and Minny are employed by Skeeter's friends and talk about life rearing white children, cooking and cleaning for these women, and the ways in which they are treated like second-class citizens in their homes rather than valued employees.
Kathryn Stockett presents a view of the South that is less than flattering. Women who prided themselves on charitable acts for the "starving children in Africa" would turn around and build separate bathrooms for their maids so they wouldn't have to use the same toilets. Some of the maids show more love and compassion for their employers' children than their employers do.
If you enjoyed "To Kill a Mockingbird," you'll enjoy "The Help."...more
Yet another wonderful book by Sedaris, packed with short stories ranging from his experiences traveling and living overseas, to first-person narrativeYet another wonderful book by Sedaris, packed with short stories ranging from his experiences traveling and living overseas, to first-person narratives written by what can only be described as the author's complete opposite. Entertaining as always, and managed to get me laughing out loud at multiple passages....more
It seems like a lot of authors have trouble wrapping up a trilogy with their final book. I felt like this book left a few gaps blank, making the storyIt seems like a lot of authors have trouble wrapping up a trilogy with their final book. I felt like this book left a few gaps blank, making the story less cohesive overall. I did enjoy how the author brought in the history and backstory for this third and final book, but I felt like a lot of the characters - especially the new ones - lacked depth at times and were not as well-developed as they could have been.
That having been said, I did appreciate the ending. Ultimately, when an author tries to tie things up in an overly happy ending, it winds up feeling faked and ruining the story. The combination of events leading to the climax of the story did feel a little rushed after a lot of pages with little "action," but I think the ending Ms. Roth chose showed her starting true to her main characters. For Tris, I think this is how she would have responded, if her actions in the first two books were any indication....more