Book Review : The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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This book is one of my favourites .First of all let me tell you, I heard about this book only after watching the movie of the same title. I have watched the movie a few times and every time I feel my eyes brimming up for the characters.

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Minny, Aibileen and Skeeter( From the movie)

The book is divided into three sections each narrated by 3 characters , Aibileen, Miss Skeeter and Minny. The story is about the lives of African American domestics in 1960’s Jackson, Mississippi.

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Miss Skeeter represents those  Americans who did not support segregation. She was very fond of her maid Constantine who was like a mother to her. We get a view of how the Help sacrifices everything to take care of the White children who turn out to be just as menacing as their parents. The maids love the children as their own and the children too love them , sometimes more than their parents as they do not spent time with their children .
Aibileen’s love for Mae Mobely explains this perfectly.

Aibileen and Minny are two African American maids who help Skeeter in recording the lives of the maids anonymously so that the world knows how they are ill treated by their masters and mistresses.

The entire story thrills us , moves us, makes us laugh and even shocks us with the sly and cunning attitudes of White Mistresses like Hilly Holbrook who goes to any length to get what she wants.

This book speaks for thousands of African – American women who used to work for the Whites. The author was inspired to write this book as she remembered her favorite maid who used to work for her family when she was a child.

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I absolutely love this book and all the characters . Even though many characters do not have  much role in the story,  their significance cannot be over looked. This book reminds us of our importance . We become what we believe. It teaches us  never to lose hope in mankind as well as to chase our dreams without any trace of doubt.

The bold , sassy modern womanhood is celebrated through this book. Now what are you waiting for ?? Go grab a copy!!! 🙂

© SV

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