April 29, 2010

The Help - Kathryn Stockett

I feel like I am one of the few book bloggers left not to have read this one. I have to be shallow and say that one reason I was reluctant to pick this book up was the cover - I think it looks so bland and uninviting! Now that I have read the book the cover - and its significance - resonates with me more.

The Help is broadly a story of the social and political times in Mississippi in the 1960's - but more specifically it is a story of the relationships of and between women and races in that time and place. Three women in particular are the narrators in The Help; Aibileen, an African American woman who has worked as a maid and nanny for white families since her adolescence, Skeeter, a young white society woman who has just returned home from college and Minny (my favourite character in many ways and for many reasons), a middle aged African American woman with a gift for cooking and sassy remarks and comebacks.

Skeeter is in a way the catalyst for the main storyline that takes place in the book. Skeeter wants to be a writer but in her home town of Jackson there aren't a whole lot of opportunities for her to practice her craft so she ends up taking a job writing a domestic and home help advice column for the local paper. As a privileged white woman of the time Skeeter does not have a lot of experience in this area which is why she connects with Aibileen - the maid of one her old school friends. It is Aibileen who gives Skeeter the input for her columns - and a tentative relationship begins between the two women which leads to another writing project - one that is much more important and more dangerous for all of the women involved.

I am blown away by how much this book - both the story and the issues it raised - have impacted on me - it was a powerful reading experience. The story was built beautifully - each character had the time and space devoted to them for them to be able to tell the reader their own story - it felt like a collaborative effort. The book had tension, humour, warmth and connection. The section at the end of the book where the author speaks about her own experiences of growing up in Mississippi, and how she reconciled writing in the voice of an African American woman, was a great way to end the story and added a level of authenticity. I don't know how this author will be able to follow up this effort but I am definitely looking forward to her trying!


Nadia said...

I know what you mean - I put off reading this book for quite some time and eventually gave in and boy was I happy that I did. This book was such a wonderful read. I loved your review of it because it described it so well and like you, Minny was my favorite. I just loved this book for the way it told these women's stories and showed us how volatile that time period was. Stockett did a terrific job with this book, that I am truly excited about her next one. I've heard that they are already casting for the film version of The Help - I just hope that the movie does the book justice. Fingers crossed!

Unknown said...

I loved this book too! I'm not sure that she'll be able to match this with her next book as I think the personal aspect of the story helped it come to life. I look forward to finding out what she does though.

Steph said...

I haven't read this one yet, Karen, so you weren't the last blogger to get to it! I've heard unilaterally positive things about it, though, so I'm looking forward to it!

JaneGS said...

This book is definitely on the TBR list, and like you, I find the cover off-putting and not reflective of what I'm learning the book is about. Great review, btw. Now I'm looking forward to a summer read of this even more :)

Ana S. said...

I'm a member of the now even smaller group of book bloggers who have yet to read it - and you know, though I've never really thought about it I'm completely with you on the cover. It does sound amazing, though, so I'll just have to get over my bias.

Iliana said...

I still haven't read this. Ah, one day though! It sounds fantastic.

Anonymous said...

I still haven't read it, but maybe I'll wait till the hype has died down a bit - I don't want to be influenced by too many raving reviews. But your review shows once again that it deserves to be on Mount TBR.

claire said...

Karen, I don't like the cover at all either. One reason (besides being so popular) that I haven't also picked it up yet.

Bybee said...

I haven't read it yet, either. I'm hoping my book group will choose it for a future read.

Karen said...

Hi Nadia - It was an amazing story - and so well written - 2 of my very favourite things when it comes to books! I'm not sure how I feel about the movie though...

Hi Jackie - I did remember that you had really enjoyed this one.

Hi Steph - I knew there must have been others out there like me!!

Hi Jane - I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Hi Nymeth - trust me - the cover does not do this one justice at all!

Hi Iliana - it's one of those books you hear a lot about it isn't it? That alone can turn me off some books.

Hi the bookaffair - I know what you mean - I think that is partly why I stayed away from this one for so long too.

Hi Claire - I totally understand - I'm not sure what the publishers where thinking about with this cover???

Hi Bybee - I think this one would be a great bookclub read. I almost wish I hadn't read it now so that I could choose it as my bookclub selection for our next read!

Anonymous said...

Lovely review! Overall I am happy I read this book. I loved, loved Minny especially, and her relationship with Celia just about broke my heart. I admit, though, I felt like some of the other characters were too broadly drawn, and I felt like her desire to get in so many details about the 60s sometimes distracted from the story. Overall, though, I really enjoyed it, and it has stayed with me.

Marg said...

I have this book out from the library at the moment, but I am not sure that i am going to get to read it before it has to go back. I should really just sit down and read it. I am sure that I will enjoy it when I do.

Karen said...

Hi eveningreader - thanks so much for your thoughts. I actually thought the characters on the whole were well rounded and written - but mayeb I was just so in to the book my judgement about the writing went out the window!

Hi Marg - I think if you sit down and start this one you won't be able to take it back to the library until it is finished - even with the threat of a library fine!

belinda said...

hi i have heard so many say what a great read i can`t wait to get my head inside it,but i am shall i shan`t i in case somthing might upset me and play on my mind maybe one day eh bel

Carrie-Lynn Smith said...

You mentioned the significance of the book cover, yet I've not been able to find out what that significance is. My book club brainstormed it, but I'd love to hear what you and everyone else has discovered. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

The most eye catching piece of the outfit is the Bow Blazer five stardollarsfrom Stardoll Girls and really sets of the sophisticated look. north face jackets Now don get your darling little lace panties in a bunch! There is no wedding in sight for me and Jason, however this past weekend got me thinking about fashion and just being simply exquisite on your big day.. http://www.downuggboots.com I sort of fancied him when we were at university, but the way he talked about women made him seem more worldly than the boys I was used to and I thought he probably think I was just some silly little thing. ugg sale My only personal experience with fashion shows was seeing one at a mall when I was a kid. ugg sale These bags not only mode, may also be valuable Chanel handbags are available in a range of hues and measurements, generating them ideal for all types and situations.

Anonymous said...

Worse, you can not buy in stores at any time happen to be away from home.. http://www.wellnorthface.com godine u Evropskom ekonomskom i socijalnom komitetu u Briselu predstavljen je Pojmovnik održive gradnje. http://www.oneghdhair.com However, the historic consumer, especially mid-Twentieth Century seem to have placed a higher value on quality in fashion as oppossed to ephemeral fashions (or is this just what my Grandmother did in Australia?). ghd kiss If you do the math, a timeless designer bag like this is actually a smart and affordable buy - wear it every day like LC seems to, and it costing you just a few dollars a day to look impeccable and chic. ugg sale Now, she a Wilhelmina model, traveling the globe to shoot ads with some of fashion biggest names..

Anonymous said...

Sweater weather: glorious, crisp, cool sweater weather. north face jackets on sale To keep with the in crowd, pair these three pieces with a popular contrasting color, such as the lilac shade that is being demonstrated by this runway model. http://www.wellnorthface.com There are many factors that determine the "worth" of a site. http://www.oneghdhair.com Offering sublime views of the turquoise seas of Kefalonia, the restaurant serves traditional Greek food in a hearty and endearing fashion for locals and tourists alike.. ugg boots uk Cognetta Funeral Home Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902 is honored to assist the DePreta family with the arrangements..

Anonymous said...

Funky knobs. http://www.downuggboots.com The same applies to fashion brands.. ghd Especially in the summer, when it can be warm outside, but chilly indoors, notes Sise.. http://www.wellnorthface.com It similar in some ways to an analytics feature that virtual styling site Polyvore launched recently.. ugg As a columnist for Prevention and TIME magazines and a frequent guest on Larry King Live, Oprah, and the Today Show, Dr.

Anonymous said...

Was associated with perhaps the most banal line traditional Chanel purses to be.. north face sale The season's most sought-after fashion and trends, including tribal, retro, brights and candy, will be displayed on five digital show-stopping 103" touch-screens. ghd straightener There were no rowers or cyclists in sight here, though; savvy Katrantzou made sure she picked stamps from India and Russia, throwing them on A-line skirts and bib dresses. ghd online It was great to see neighbors discovering the market on their way home from work. ugg slippers Hair should be washed at frequent intervals during the monsoon as delay could lead to an oily scalp, excessive hair fall, dandruff and roughness.

Anonymous said...

I like the helpful information you provide in your
articles. I'll bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I'm quite certain I'll learn many new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

my web-site - best diet

Anonymous said...

A huge dick in my pussy,a new warm wet tounge up our arse and cum and pussy juice
all over me. Fuck, ozzy

Also visit my web blog ... hcg injections

Anonymous said...

hello!,I love your writing so so much! percentage we be in contact more approximately your post on AOL?

I need an expert on this house to resolve my problem.

May be that's you! Having a look forward to look you.

My website :: How To Lose Belly Fat

Anonymous said...

Hi there, yup this post is genuinely good and I have learned
lot of things from it regarding blogging. thanks.

Also visit my webpage highly Recommended online site

Anonymous said...

Usually I don't learn post on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very forced me to take a look at and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, quite nice post.

my site waist to hip ratio

Anonymous said...

This design is spectacular! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused.
Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost.
..HaHa!) Great job. I really loved what you had
to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

Also visit my site ... world of tanks hack

Anonymous said...

Link exchange іs nothіng elѕe exceрt it іs just placing the othеr persοn's webpage link on your page at proper place and other person will also do similar for you.

My web-site wet dry epilator

Anonymous said...

Іt's an awesome paragraph for all the web people; they will take benefit from it I am sure.

Also visit my homepage :: best epilator reviews

Anonymous said...

If some one wants to be updated with most recent technologies afterward he
must be pay a quick visit this website and be up to date all the time.

Look into my web site recycling facts

Anonymous said...

Nice blog! Is уouг theme сustοm made oг did you ԁownlοad it fгom someωheгe?

A ԁeѕign like youгs with а fеw simple tweeks wоuld rеally make my blog jump out.
Please let me knoω whеre уοu got
your design. Thаnks a lot

Also visit my web-site: low fat fryer

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Ohio! I'm bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the knowledge you provide here and can't
wait to take a look when І get home. I'm shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my mobile .. I'm not eνen using WIFI, just
3G .. Anyωаys, fantastic blog!

Feel freе to surf to my site - halogen oven cooking

Anonymous said...

I like it when people get togеther and share thoughts.

Great ѕite, κeep it up!

Checκ out my web-sіte - panasonic bread maker sd255

Anonymous said...

Wе are a bunch of volunteers аnd oрening a nеw
scheme in our cоmmunity. Υοur web sіtе offered us with valuable infoгmatіon to work on.
You have donе an impгеssiѵе ϳob and our entіre
nеіghbоrhοod will likely be thanκful to уοu.

Also visіt my site :: deep fat fryers for sale

Anonymous said...

What's Going down i'm new to this, I stumblеd upоn this I've discovered It positively helpful and it has helped me out loads. I am hoping to give a contribution & help other customers like its aided me. Great job.

Also visit my website :: yoghurt ice cream

Anonymous said...

Ηеllo to all, іt's genuinely a pleasant for me to pay a quick visit this site, it consists of important Information.

Look at my blog - ice cream without ice cream maker

Anonymous said...

Нi, I thіnk уour websitе might
be having brоwѕer compatibilіty
issueѕ. When I lοok at your blog in Opeгa, it looks fine
but whеn opеning in Intегnet Eхploгer, it has some overlapping.

I just wantеd to giνe you a quіck heads up!

Оthеr then that, very good blοg!

Μy wеblοg; deep fat fryer reviews

Anonymous said...

Hi there i am kavin, its my fiгst time to commenting anywhere, when i read this piece οf
writing i thought і could alѕo create comment due to this ѕеnsіble рaragгaph.

Here is my blog post - eylure lashes boots

Anonymous said...

Hi colleagues, its great piece of writіng regarding tutoгingаnd comρletely defineԁ,
keeρ it up all the timе.

My ωeb pаge: commercial deep fryers

Anonymous said...

Eхcеllent post but Ι was ωantіng to know if you could writе а littе
more on thiѕ subject? Ι'd be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Thanks!

my weblog :: home deep fryers

Anonymous said...

I have read ѕο many postѕ about the bloggег lovers but
this article is in faсt a pleasant pаragгaρh, keep it up.

Takе a loοκ at my webpage; how to make your eyelashes longer

Anonymous said...

This is my first time visit at here and i am genuinely happy to read everthing at one place.

Review my blog - http://sporadic.stanford.edu/icerm/CurtisPsk

Anonymous said...

I’m not that much of a internet readеr to be
honest but your blogs reallу nіce, keeρ it
up! I'll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future. All the best

Stop by my site ... history.apdaweb.org

Anonymous said...

Definitely imagine that which you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be at the internet the simplest factor to remember
of. I say to you, I certainly get irked at the same time as people consider issues that they plainly
do not realize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as
neatly as defined out the whole thing with no need side effect , other people can take a signal.
Will likely be again to get more. Thanks

Also visit my website :: coconut oil for hair

Anonymous said...

Hello i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anywhere, when i read
this post i thought i could also create comment due to this sensible piece of

Feel free to surf to my web site - Journals.Fotki.Com

Anonymous said...

Hello, constantly i used to check webpage posts here early
in the daylight, since i love to find out more and more.

Also visit my blog ... Unknown

Anonymous said...

An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write
more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people do not talk about
such subjects. To the next! Best wishes!!

My web blog - 7Zip install

Anonymous said...

WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for how
to perform cpr

my web-site: Unknown

Anonymous said...

Ιt's remarkable for me to have a site, which is good for my experience. thanks admin

Also visit my website - built in ovens

Anonymous said...

Howdy! I could haνe sωorn I've been to this blog before but after checking through some of the post I realized it'ѕ
nеw to me. Anyωaуs, ӏ'm definitely delighted I found it and I'll be bookmaгking and chеcking back

Vіѕit my wеbpage ... New York Life insurance

Anonymous said...

Wow, awesome blog format! How long have you ever been blogging
for? you made blogging look easy. The entire look of your site is fantastic, let alone the content!

my weblog; does wartrol work

Anonymous said...

I am not sure where you are getting your information, but good topic.
I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.
Thanks for fantastic info I was looking for this info for my mission.

Also visit my web-site: www.studentpuzzle.com

Anonymous said...

Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed!
Very useful info particularly the last part :) I care for such information
much. I was seeking this particular information for a long
time. Thank you and best of luck.

Have a look at my web-site ... wartrol reviews

Anonymous said...

I drop a comment when I especially enjoy a post on a site
or if I have something to valuable to contribute to
the discussion. Usually it's caused by the fire communicated in the article I browsed. And after this article "The Help - Kathryn Stockett". I was moved enough to drop a thought :) I do have a few questions for you if you don't mind.
Could it be simply me or do some of the responses come across
like coming from brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are writing
at other online social sites, I'd like to keep up with you. Would you make a list every one of your communal pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

Feel free to visit my weblog :: Mon Jervois

Anonymous said...

Do you have a spam problem on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was curious
about your situation; we have developed some nice practices
and we are looking to trade methods with others, be sure to
shoot me an email if interested.

Look at my web-site :: buy wartrol

Anonymous said...

It's perfect time to make a few plans for the longer term and it is time to be happy. I have learn this publish and if I may I wish to recommend you few interesting things or tips. Maybe you could write subsequent articles referring to this article. I want to read more issues about it!

Also visit my blog post; buy wartrol

Anonymous said...

Your style is very unique in comparison to other folks I've read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this page.

My web page :: buy wartrol

Anonymous said...

My relatives all the time say that I am killing my time here at web, except I
know I am getting experience daily by reading thes good articles or reviews.

my web page: does wartrol work

Anonymous said...

It's really very complex in this busy life to listen news on Television, thus I simply use the web for that purpose, and take the hottest news.

my weblog - buy wartrol

Anonymous said...

What's up to every body, it's my first pay a visit of this webpage; this webpage includes amazing and genuinely excellent data in favor
of readers.

Also visit my website - wartrol

Anonymous said...

It's very easy to find out any matter on net as compared to textbooks, as I found this piece of writing at this web page.

Take a look at my web-site :: fat burning supplements for women

Anonymous said...

Wow, this post is pleasant, my sister is analyzing these kinds of things, so I am going to tell her.

Here is my homepage :: unknown

Anonymous said...

I visit day-to-day a few blogs and websites to read articles
or reviews, but this web site provides quality based

my blog post - stretch marks

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on animation.ch. Regards

Also visit my web page ... does phen375 work

Anonymous said...

In addition, some fabric coolers feature multiple or outside zipper pockets and mesh sleeves to support utensils, napkins, and any other small accessory items.
The Hutu took over and between December, 1963 and January, 1964
all Tutsi politicians were murdered. around to see what
one from the most up-to-date styles are and when you discover
something you prefer essentially the most, discover out
who's offering it in the greatest price.

Also visit my blog post; coachfactoryoutletsalee.com

Anonymous said...

Every weekend i used to go to see this web page, as i want enjoyment,
as this this website conations truly good funny data too.

Feel free to visit my blog - pirater Un compte facebook

Anonymous said...

Hey there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?

There's a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Cheers

My site :: diaper Rash home remedies

Anonymous said...

Attractive section of content. I just stumbled
upon your site and in accession capital to say that I get in fact loved account your weblog posts.
Anyway I'll be subscribing for your feeds and even I success you get right of entry to consistently quickly.

Feel free to visit my web page; Psn Code Generator

Anonymous said...

Hello to every body, it's my first pay a visit of this blog; this website includes amazing and in fact good information in support of readers.

my web-site - World Of Tanks Hack

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, what a blog it is! This blog gives valuable facts to us,
keep it up.

Also visit my webpage :: Unknown

Anonymous said...

This design is steller! You definitely know how to keep a reader entertained.
Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost.
..HaHa!) Excellent job. I really loved what you had to say,
and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

Review my website ... permanent Hair straightener

Anonymous said...

Hi, I do think this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it ;) I'm going to come back once again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.

Feel free to visit my website ... permanent hair straightening

Anonymous said...

I used to be able to find good information from your blog articles.

Here is my blog post ... Refinishing hardwood floors

Anonymous said...

I am actually pleased to glance at this blog posts which contains plenty of helpful
facts, thanks for providing such data.

Visit my web blog: The Interlace

Anonymous said...

Hey excellent blog! Does running a blog similar to this require
a massive amount work? I've no expertise in coding but I had been hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyway, if you have any recommendations or tips for new blog owners please share. I know this is off topic but I just needed to ask. Cheers!

My webpage; Psn Code Generator

Anonymous said...

Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it
is really informative. I am going to watch out for brussels.
I will be grateful if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing.

Feel free to surf to my page; dailymotion.com

Anonymous said...

Excellent article! We are linking to this particularly great content on our site.
Keep up the good writing.

my blog post - Microsoft Office Gratuit

Anonymous said...

Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I'll just sum it up what I had written and say, I'm
thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I'm still new to the whole thing. Do you have any helpful hints for rookie blog writers? I'd really appreciate it.

my blog; Http://Www.Youtube.Com/

Anonymous said...

Hello! Quick question that's totally off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My website looks weird when browsing from my apple iphone. I'm trying to find a theme or plugin that
might be able to fix this problem. If you have any suggestions, please share.
Thank you!

Have a look at my website :: World Of Tanks Hack

Anonymous said...

What's Taking place i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered It positively helpful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & help other users like its helped me. Great job.

my site; phen375 reviews

Anonymous said...

Hi there to all, for the reason that I am in fact keen of reading this webpage's post to be updated daily. It consists of good stuff.

my site Phen375

Anonymous said...

Lіnk exchange is nothing else except it іѕ only placing the
other person's website link on your page at appropriate place and other person will also do similar for you.

Also visit my web site: halogen oven cookbook free Download

Anonymous said...

Howdy! This post could not be written any better!
Looking at this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
He constantly kept preaching about this. I'll send this information to him. Pretty sure he'll have a
very good read. Many thanks for sharing!

Feel free to surf to my weblog - Psn code generator

Anonymous said...

My brother suggested I might like this web site.
He was totally right. This post actually made my day.
You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent for
this info! Thanks!

Review my site :: Psn Code Generator