Review: The Help

Editorial Review - - Eileen Zimmerman Nicol

It is 1962 in Jacksonville, Mississippi. The times may be changing, but not fast enough for three women, two black and one white, in this town where the lines between the races are so rigid they don't need to be voiced. Aibileen has raised 17 white children in her various maid jobs, but recently she lost her own grown son. Her younger friend Minny's sassy mouth has cost her so many positions that ... Read full review

Review: The Help Audiobook

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Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women: Twentytwoyearold 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 ... Read full review

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Having read both fiction and non-fiction books about the Jim Crow era in the American south, I found The Help to be one of the more detailed perspectives I've read. I am surprised at how the author depicts believeable characters such as Hilly and Aibileen. It's disgusting, however, the social norms of those times and the way in which black people were treated. It was as if they were not humans. I am also saddened by the story of Mae Mobley who, as a little white girl at age 2, only knows the unconditional love of Aibileen. Mae's own mother showed her little affection or regard. Many white children in those times were raised, lovingly, by their maids, but the hatred toward the same maids and their families continued for decades. It is very unfortunate.
I fully recommend this book. I will warn, however, that the reader should not expect an accurate account of the actual feelings of the black people described in the book. It simply is not possible for others to know the pain and madness they truly experienced.

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An interesting and historical look at life in the 1960s, I found it to be smart, moving, important and extremely entertaining. I read it before I rented the movie and much to my surprise, I enjoyed the movie just as much as the book if not more. It is a beautiful novel.

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This book is great depending on what type of reader you are, I thought it was greatly written!

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Love it
The title says it all. Read it!

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I got the free sample. I adore this book and hope my husband buys it for me.

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I absolutely hated this book. It was uniteresting and no where near realistic. Please never write another story like this again.

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