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The Help ✅ The Help PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Kathryn Stockett – Jackson Misisipi 1962 La joven Skeeter vuelve a su casa sin la menor ilusión por buscarse un marido; ella sueña con una vida diferente entregada a la literatura Al conocer a Aibeleen y Minny ue como Jackson Misisipi La joven Skeeter vuelve a su casa sin la menor ilusión por buscarse un marido; ella sueña con una vida diferente entregada a la literatura Al conocer a Aibeleen y Minny ue como la mayoría de las mujeres negras de la ciudad se dedican a servir en las casas de los ricos comienza a imaginar un proyecto clandestino y liberador Criadas y señoras permanece en la lista de los libros más vendidos en Estados Unidos desde su publicación en febrero La historia de estas tres increíbles mujeres se ha convertido en un auténtico fenómeno literario ue ya ha sido traducido a más de veinte países.

10 thoughts on “The Help

  1. Meredith Holley Meredith Holley says:

    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 uoting 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 uotes 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

  2. Caroline Caroline says:

    I was uncomfortable with the tone of the book; I felt that the author played to very stereotypical themes and gave the characters especially the African American ones very inappropriate and obvious voices and structure in terms constructing their mental character I understand that the author wrote much of this as a result of her experiences growing up in the south in the 1960's and that it may seem authentic to her and that she was even trying to be respectful of the people and the time; but ultimately I thought that it was written from a very narrow idealized almost childish perspective of race relations without a true appreciation of the humanity and soul of the characters And the ultimate theme message ie why we're all the same there's no difference between us after all only reinforced my feeling that this is written from someone who has a very undeveloped or underdeveloped concept of race and race relations in the United States The author would benefit from exploring authentic African American voices Richard Wright James Baldwin Zora Neale Hurston Langston Hughes Toni Morrison Alice Walker Maya Angelou and understanding the scope range and most important the foundation of the emotions genuine African American characters express as a result of their journey as a people in the US hope frustration drive passion anger happiness sadness depression joy

  3. Joe Joe says:

    I read the first paragraph of The Help absorbing the words but suddenly being caught off guard by the dialect I stopped readingI shifted the book in my hands flipping to the author's biography and photograph on the back of the dust jacket Staring up at me was this image error

  4. Annalisa Annalisa says:

    Here is an illustrative tale of what it was like to be a black maid during the civil rights movement of the 1960s in racially conflicted Mississippi There is such deep history in the blackwhite relationship and this story beautifully shows the complex spectrum not only the hate abuse mistrust but the love attachment dependence Stockett includes this uote by Howell Raines in her personal except at the end of the novel There is no trickier subject for a writer from the South than that of affection between a black person and a white one in the uneual world of segregation For the dishonesty upon which a society is founded makes every emotion suspect makes it impossible to know whether what flowed between two people was honest feeling or pity or pragmatism An elouent way to describe Stockett's intentions for this novel I know most reviews will probably focus on the racial relationships in the book but to me the most haunting statement was that when you are paying someone to care for you and their livelihood depends on making you happy you can't expect an honest relationship I did not expect this book to hit so close to home After all I did not grow up in the South and completely missed the racial mind shift in the country But the book isn't just about racism and civil rights It's about the employer relationship too And I did grow up in South America with a maid trying to keep herself out of poverty by making our crazy family happy As much as we loved her I can see so many of the pitfalls from these complex relationships in my own history I know our maid was stuck between pleasing my mother and raising us the way she believed appropriate I know it was physically hard to work from sunup to late everyday and emotionally hard to never relax because she wasn't the decision maker of our home and at any moment she could be reprimanded for making the wrong decision She had absolutely no power and yet she was all powerful to shape and mold us I needed her felt bad for how much I imposed upon her but I never voiced how much I appreciated or loved her I took her for granted Even though she was paid to love us I know she did We were her children especially my youngest brothers And yet when she moved back home we lost contact Was it out of laziness of our own narcissistic lives or was the complexity of our relationship so draining she cut the tie? It is my fear that she thinks we did not return her affection and only thought of her as the maid I often think about her we all reminisce about her wondering where she is and than anything I just want to know that she is happy and tell her thank you It is so strange that someone who is such a vital part of your childhood can just vanish out of your life They say its like true love good help You only get one in a lifetime I know Believe me I knowThe story is strong and real and touched something deep inside me I could so relate to the motherly love from Constantine to Skeeter see that pain in the triangle between Aibileen and Mae Mobley and Elizabeth feel the exasperation of Minny toward Celia and understand the complexity of the good and bad the love and hate the fear and security Stockett captured all these emotionsI also loved the writing style When style compliments plot I get giddy I don't always love grammatically incorrect prose or books about an author trying to be published but here it works because it's honest The novel is about a white woman secretly compiling true accounts of black maids and the novel is in essence a white author trying to understand black maids The styles parallel each other as do the messages The point of Skeeter's novel is to make people see that people are just people no matter the color of their skin and Stockett's novel beautifully portrays that with both good and bad on both sides The fictional novel cover is decorated with the white dove of love and understanding To get us there Stockett gives us three ordinary birds a picture of ordinary life asking to be accepted for its honest simplicity This book is Stockett's masterpiece that story in her that was just itching to get out From the first page the voice of the characters took vivid form and became real breathing people I loved Aibileen but think I loved Minny's voice because she is such a strong character Besides the maids I loved Hilly as a portrayal of the white Southern belle with the ingrained belief that black people are not as good as whites verbalized as separate but eual so it doesn't sound racist My favorite scene was when Hilly says they have to be careful of racists because they are out there She's a bit over the top but if you've been to the South not that far of a stretch I just would have liked to find some redeeming ualities in her from Skeeter's perspective While there are some instances where I felt Stockett was sueezing historical facts into the novel forming the plot around these events instead of letting them play backdrop and occasionally I could read the modern woman in this tale pushing her message too hard Stockett's sincerity to understand and appreciate shines through She lived this book to some extent and the story is a part of her Because it's important to her it becomes important to me

  5. Maegen Maegen says:

    While it was a well written effort I didn't find it as breathtaking as the rest of the world It or less rubbed me the wrong way It reads like the musings of a white woman attempting to have an uncomfortable conversation without really wanting to be uncomfortable It's incredibly hard to write with integrity about race and be completely honest and vulnerable The author failed to make me believe she was doing anything beyond a show tell And if her intent isn't anything greater then it makes this book all the pandering to the white imagination of what it must have been like to be the help during that era It's passive self reflection at best and utterly uselessThe national fascination with this book makes me sick It makes me think of my grandmother who was the help to many white families for well over 50 years Her stories aren't too different from those told in this book but they are hers to tell If she were alive today I don't believe she would praise Stockett's book In fact I think she we would be horrified at the thought that her years of hard work in some cases for some very horrible people would be reduced to some wannabe feel good story of the past

  6. Kai Kai says:

    Hey so while this book and its film adaption have long been favourites of mine I've learnt many things about privilege racism and white saviourism since I first read this as a teenager There are uite a few things about how this story came to be that don't sit right with me hence I've removed my rating and I won't be promoting this any longer If you want to know about the reasons for this google is your friend The answer won't be hard to find

  7. Ellen Ellen says:

    The Kindle DX I ordered is galloping to the rescue today AND for all the book purists which would include me this is a need rather than a want Post several eye surgeries I'm just plain sick of struggling to read the words on a pageHowever despite the visual challenges I read all 451 pages of The Help yesterday Clearly the book held my interest However I spent last night pondering why the book wasn't as good as my nonstop reading would indicate What was wrong? Most of all I think it was the book's ambivalent tone In brief a white woman Miss Skeeter Phelan one of Jackson Mississippi's socially elite convinces a number of the African American maids to tell her their story What goes on in the homes of the upper crust? How do these women really treat their maids? Though the book would be published anonymously and no locations would be given the stories provide enough detail so that the premise that the book could be received as being about Anywhere USA defies belief Further while having the book's source known might subject Skeeter to social ostracism this is the 1960s in Missa fuckin sippi in the middle of the very tense civil rights' battles For the maids discovery would mean loss of a job with no hope of getting another position and retribution that could include being falsely accused of a crime and jailed or even being injured or killedDespite the underlying tension and references to violent events that do occur the book teeters At times I was furious and in tears over the effing racism and the tragedies described But Kathryn Stockett keeps pulling back It's as though she wants it both ways Let's divulge the incredible cruelty and violence that black people routinely endured but let's also show the goodness of some white people and soft pedal the whole thing into a broader theme ie how difficult it is for two women in any uneual power situation to be friendsNope Sorry You can't have it both ways Though some of the women are kinder to their maids they did not fight against the separate but eual indignities that included building a nigra toilet in their home or garage so that the maids' nasty germs would not infect them the separate entrances the substandard schools the justice system that made a white accusation the same as proof and on and on and onI don't want a book to make me cry and then pull back and say It's all right It's not all right If you're going to write a book about this horrible time in our history and in a country where racism is still alive and well then do it all out What these women endured deserves Don't put it out there and then pull back and use a Doris Day lens It doesn't work

  8. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    “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?”Color me surprised I’m not one to read many historical fictions especially when they don’t include any fantasy elements They read like nonfiction and nonfiction is only good for me if I’m in need of sleep B butThe Help is different It doesn’t only describe the life of housemaids in the second half of the 20th century in Mississippi; it’s overflowing with raw emotion It doesn’t put every white person in a box and every black person in another It underlines the difference of thought between people but also how similar we actually all are We all want to live our lives the best way possible and be treated with respect“You is kind You is smart You is important”I really felt it when Aibileen and Minny talked about their work how they wanted – needed – things to change and how hard their lives were It made me sad of course because they just didn’t deserve the animosity that was directed toward them and that’s why I was so eager to turn the pages I couldn’t wait to see some things change over thereMiss Skeeter is also an important part of this story She’s not loud she doesn’t look for trouble but she does have a weapon no one expects her to use in her advantage her writing She faces obstacles so many of them but does she ever back down? No because when she believes in something no one can kill her spiritI can’t believe the author never made Skeeter and Celia interact they would have connected from the start And was Stuart’s character’s purpose only to make us see how differences in ways of thinking can drift people apart? He is the most frustrating part of the story really We hate him we love him we like him and then we hate him for the rest of the bookNever fear the underlying themes of the story are extraordinary and that alone should make everyone want to read this book Euality Freedom Racism Respect They’re all so fascinating because they are cleverly developed and included and intertwined in a way that makes this story such a precious and worth perusing oneI would also like to take advantage of this space offered to me and recommend the movie Seriously Breath taking“All I'm saying is kindness don't have no boundaries”AlsoI'll repeat itso you don't forget

  9. karen karen says:

    enthusiasm this book and i almost never met and that would have been tragic the fault is mostly mine i mean the book made no secret of its existence a billion weeks on the best seller list every third customer asking for it at work displays and reviews and people on here praising it to the heavens it practically spread its legs for me but i just kept walking i figured it was something for the ladies like sex and the city which i don't have to have ever seen an episode of to know that it's not something i would enjoy i figured that this book was on the ladder one rung above chick lit so i am to blame for my snobbish dismissiveness but have you seen this cover?? what is with that sickroom color scheme? and i hate those stupid little birds what is chip kidd so busy doing that he can't just pop over here and lend a hand?? it is not my fault for thinking it was a crappy book when that cover wanted me to think it is a crappy bookbut this book is good really really good again i thank you readers' advisory class for fixing me up with this book it has been a long time since i have read such a frankly entertaining book if a book about the emotionally charged early days of the civil rights movement can be called entertaining this is just an effortlessly told story split between three different women whose voices and perspectives never run together the secondary characters are also completely believable and are all different brands of repellent with some token sympathetic characters tossed in for the halibut i don't even know what to say i just feel all aw shucks i loved this book about it there were several times i would catch myself grinning at a turn of phrase or a situation and every time i would start to doubt myself that maybe i would like sex and the city or buffy the vampire slayer or all these things i have formerly judged without having readseeneaten maybe i am like these white women in the book taking their help for granted and assuming they have nothing to say to each other because of their unwillingness to talk to them and know them as human beings maybe buffy and i have so much to learn from one anotherthen i would snap out of it and remember that my gut opinions are 9999% foolproof so for you other people who need to be swayed by hype i give you hype this book's hype is merited it would be a perfect book to read this summer when you are melting from the sun and need a good story this is a very tender and loving book about hope and sisterhood and opportunity but also about beatings and terror and shamestill hate those birds thoughcome to my blog

  10. Majenta Majenta says:

    I know what a froat is and how to fix it Aibileen Clark knows how to cure childhood illnesses and how to help a young aspiring writer write a regular household hints column for the local paper But she's struggling mightily to deal with grief over the death of her 20 something son and she SURE doesn't think conditions will ever improve for African American domestic engineering servants in early 1960s Jackson Mississippi or anywhere else in the South Aibileen's good friend Minny has been a maid since she was very young and on the first day of her first job her mother admonished her that sass mouth especially her degree of it is highly dangerous but it's not long before she's just gotta mouth offand look for another job As Minny's first episode of the book opens she is yet again looking for a new job and this time an opportunity pretty much falls into her lap Celia Foote needs a domestic engineer but she also needs a friend a real ally even a confidante Oh one thing she needs to keep Minny a secret at least for a while I think this plotline was my favorite part Celia's husband had formerly gone with even been engaged to? somebody else; did any of you wonder how they would have gotten along if he had married her instead of Celia?But really which is the worse attack from Minny a good sass mouthin' or a good slice of her extra special chocolate revenge pie?Thanks for reading

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