The Help Online PDF by Kathryn Stockett
Click Here to Download the Book Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. 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 Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.
Reviews I must admit it took me fifty pages or so to get into the book, but after that I couldn't lay it aside for long at the time. The characters' points of view are sad, humorous, entertaining, and instructive. The alternating points of view vary among a young white girl who aspires to become a writer and the colored help of Jackson, Mississippi. The young writer discovers a heap of trouble when she forms an alliance with several colored maids to tell their stories as servants in white households in the 60s--mainly empty-headed intolerant, self-centered, controlling white women in their thirties. The charm of the story is that the white protagonist and the two colored protagonists in their own ways find their independence. It is, indeed, women's literature and offers wonderful lessons without for a minute teaching. The ending is "so-so" satisfying and not quite what I expected--a little bit of a let down; nonetheless, The Help is one of the best books I've read in a good while. Loved it.
I was hesitant to read this book because I really didn't want another politically correct "all white men were evil butchers" post-slavery story (yes, I do know my history and blacks were definitely treated inhumanely and I
don't know how any of the perpetrators slept at night, but I also think that history has suffered at the hands of political correctness). But I knew I was going to want lots of reading material on a long road trip so I picked it up for cheap at Costco. I was not expecting to like it much. Instead, I loved it. From every account of history I've ever read, Ms. Stockett totally pinpointed the culture of the times. I was surprised to find that many people are screaming "racist" about the book. I'm sorry to have to tell you, but the majority of blacks back then were uneducated (because whites wouldn't let them be well educated in most cases). If the author had had all her black characters speak perfect English, she may have fulfilled all the wet dreams of the PC crowd, but she wouldn't have been historically accurate one bit. The author did not depict her black characters with any tinge of mockery, and although there is humor in the book, we are laughing WITH the characters, not AT them. Also, there's no way blacks could have changed the nation on their own (or at least not as quickly). It also took some white people who weren't afraid to stand up and be their champions--after all, they caused the problem in the first place and it was only right they do their part to remedy it. It amazes me how illogical and ridiculous some people can be about the "race" issue.
The first time I picked up this book and gave it my patented read-the-first-paragraph, do-I-want-to-spend$24.95-on-this-hardback treatment, I put it back down. There was something off-putting about a woman named Kathryn Stockett giving voice to a southern black maid named Aibileen, and I just wasn't up for it. But then there was so much hype, from so many readers and writers I admire, that I added it to the pile next to the cash register, wrapped it, labeled it "Mommy", and tore it open on December 25th. Four days and 450 pages later, I was thoroughly overjoyed that I overcame my initial reservations. This book draws you into the intersecting lives of southern women in the sixties and makes you a voyeur into the best and worst of old southern culture, black and white. It lampoons characters who deserve lampooning, and ultimately redeems those who deserve redemption. It's even got an unconventional love story. It's worth the money, even for the hardcover, or worth the wait at your local library.
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