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Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereThree ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary stepTwenty 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 goneAibileen 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 brokenMinny 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 ownSeemingly 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 crossedIn 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 jacket flap


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    I have this terrible dreary feeling in my diaphragm area this morning and I’m not positive what it’s 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 don’t like is when smart or even middle brained writers take an important topic and make it petty through guessing about what they don’t know I can list you any number of these writers who would be fine if they weren't reaching into topics about which they have no personal experience incidentally all writers I'm pretty sure my angry friend loves For example The Lovely Bones The Kite Runner Water for Elephants Memoirs of a Geisha etc These are the books for which I have no patience topics that maybe someone with imagination or self awareness could have written about compassionately without exploiting the victimization of the characters They’re books that hide lazy writing behind a topic you can’t criticize The Help is one of theseYou’ve got this narrative telephone game in this book The telephone game is pretty fun sometimes and it is really beautiful in monster stories like Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights because what they are telling me is not intended as trustworthy or earnest All of the seriousness in monster stories is an impression or an emotion reflected back through the layers of narrative I don’t feel that way about the topic of The Help though In this book a white woman writes from the point of view of a black woman during the Civil Rights movement who overhears the conversations of white women It's an important topic and I don't want to hear it through untrustworthy narratorsSo I can basically get on board with the dialect of the black maids but what throws me off as a reader is when the black maid is quoting the white women and they’re all speaking perfect English without a trace of an accent It becomes particularly weird when one of the black maids starts to comment on the extreme accent of one of the white women Celia Foote whose written dialogue continues to be impeccable Who is this narrator? Why does she choose not to speak proper English if she can speak it? Why does she choose to give proper English to someone else who she has told me doesn't speak it? Also usually the layers of narration in a telephone game book are only within the book In this case it’s the author’s voice stabbing through the story I am convinced it is her whose brain hears the white woman speaking TV English and the black women speaking in dialect It gives away the game Even the quotes from the movie have an example of this A conversation between her and Minnie goes like thisCelia Foote They don't like me because of what they think I didMinny Jackson They don't like you 'cause they think you white trash Celia speaks in a proper sentence but Minny misses the are in the second part of the sentence Celia says because but Minny says 'cause If the reader were supposed to understand that Celia does not speak in dialect that would make sense but since it specifically states that she does it doesn't make senseTo attempt to be clear I didn't have a problem that the book was in dialect I had a problem that the book said This white woman speaks in an extreme dialect and then wrote the woman's dialog not in dialect Aerin points out in message 111 that I am talking about eye dialect which is about spelling not pronunciation as in the example above Everyone in real life speaks in some form of non standard English Though I have seen some really beautiful uses of eye dialect as Aerin points out writers typically use it to show subservience of characters or that they are uneducated which often has racist overtones If it troubles you that I'm saying this and you would like to comment on this thread you may want to read other comments because it is likely someone has already said what you are going to sayI’m not finishing this one and it’s not because I think people shouldn’t like it but rather because I’m almost 100 pages in and I can see the end and it’s failed to engage me When a few IRL friends have asked what I thought of the book and I said I didn't care for it they have told me that I am taking it too seriously that it is just a silly fluff book not a serious study of Civil Rights Again I don’t have a problem with stupid books but when it’s a stupid book disguised as an Important Work of Cultural History all I want to do the whole time is tear its mask off And a book about Civil Rights is always important cultural history to me Anyway the book becomes unpleasant I become unpleasant it’s bad news If you loved this book though or really even if you hated it I would recommend Coming of Age in Mississippi I think that book is one of the important records of American history Plus it’s beautifully written inspirational and shocking It's been years since I read it so I might be giving it an undeserved halo but I can’t say enough good things about itINDEX OF PROBLEMS WITH THIS REVIEWYou should finish the book before you talk about it comment 150 second paragraph comments 198 and 199 “Stockett did experience the Civil Rights Era” comment 154 comment 343“The author of The Lovely Bones was raped” comment 190“The author of The Kite Runner is from Afghanistan” comment 560 Memoirs of a Geisha is accurate and not comparable to The Help comment 574“Don’t be so critical” comment 475“Have you written a bestseller?” comment 515“Fiction doesn’t have to be a history lesson” comments 157 through 162“Having grown up in the South during this era and having had a maid I could relate to the emotional nuances of this book” comments 222 and 223Minny and Aibileen are relatable comment 626“You are trying to silence authors” comment 317 and comments 306 through 316“Why do you want to read a Civil Rights book about racism and hatred? I would prefer one about friendship and working together” comment 464“Why are there so many votes for such a half assed review?” comment 534“Authors can write outside of their personal experiences” comments 569 through 587