“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, “Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?”
In The help we follow the three women Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter. The first two black maids and the latter a white woman. You wouldn’t expect it, but some how these three become friends; against the rules of society. Each one has is own struggles, but together they tell the most extraordinaire story.
I don’t find it easy to write a review about this book. The story was beautiful, tear-jerking and occassional made you laugh out loud. But at the same time, the characters are stereotypical making it inappropriate and I can imagine in some cases even hurtful. And eventhough the writer, at the end of the book, mentions that she was afraid to do the story wrong, I still feel like more research or conversations/proof-reading by the people described in the book could’ve removed this problem.
What I did like about this story was the relationship between some of the characters. The first one being Aibileen and Mae. Raising a child like it’s your own; to receive love back like you’re the mom; but to realise deep inside that these same children will probably despise you when they’re an adult, because of societies rules, that’s just heartbreaking! Another relationship I deeply enjoyed was the one between Minny and Aibileen. The really break the rules when it comes to maid-boss expectations. Of course it isn’t perfect, but you can’t ask that of a novel that’s set in the 60’s Jackson, Mississippi.
Something that does perplexes me is the comment “Again the white come to save the day” that I’ve seen pop up in some negative reviews. And although I unfortunately have to agree that this trope happens way too often in books, I don’t find it very fitting for this novel. This statement completely discards the entire message of this book. That skin colour shouldn’t matter.
- Title: The Help
- Author: Kathryn Stockett
- Published: 2009
- Pages: 444
- Rating: 4/5
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