Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

The Help

By Kathryn Stockett

The Help is a story of Black maids in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960's and their white employers. It follows Aibileen and Minny, two maids and Skeeter, a white college graduate intent on starting her writing career and writing about something close to her heart. 

I was very moved by The Help. It is a quick read for it's 450 pages. Each of the three main characters stories is so different that it is really lovely to see them come together like they do. It's easy for someone like myself to have never really thought much on the civil rights movement, as i was not alive when it was happening and don't really see repercussions from it where i live but this book really opened my eyes to the terrible standard of living facing African Americans in the south in the 1960's. It was embarrassing to see full grown women throwing fits about bathrooms and not willing to take care of their children, but these women became the perfect society villains. 

The Help is really an inspiring story. I highly recommend it. 

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