The Help

The Help - Kathryn Stockett OK, its done. I finished it. I have been glued to it for the last two hours. I really did enjoy this book. A marvelous story. You laugh, you cry and at points you are scared to death. An uplifting book that nevertheless portrays real life. Why do we read? I like to learn and to enjoy myself being carried away into another world. This book offers both. An excellent book should be fun to read and this was!

Through page 369: Every single bit of this story holds together. I was completely wrong to criticize the plot. I feel terribly unjust in ctricizing it before. Back to the book!

Through page 359: I knew before reading this book about how many black slave women were forced to give up their children. This book takes place in the early 60s. Slavery was abolished. We are no longer talking about slaves, but the same thing is happening. The horror of it is made piercingly clear.

Through 319: Read this book just to meet Cecilia! She is white and soooooo stupid, but so very, very sweet. A good person. Actually she is simply blind to other women's meaness. Only in that way is she stupid. She is actually a tough cookie, and I love her. This is hysterically funny.

Through 301; Forget the negative remarks I made after page 135! I am thoroughly enjoying this book. I am having difficulty expressing what I want to say, it can be so easily misinterpreted. It is easy to read this book - by that I do not mean that it is fluff. Very important issues are brought forward, such as the lives of the black help in Mississippi in the 1960s, how the black nannies loved the white kids they were raising, and what happens when these children grew up. I will say it again - how to raise a child with love is beautifully depicted! The plot draws you in; you HAVE to know what will happen. You care. The different plot threads, and there are several, pull the novel together very well. Maybe I call it an easy read because it is uplifting and humorous even though bad things happen. The nannies' dialogue remains very, very good!

Through page 190: I was really too brutal before. Actually now the story has me on my toes - what is going to happen?! Nevertheless, I still prefer the views and dialogue of the black women. Skeeter kind of leaves me cold - and she is better than either Miss Hill or Elisabeth. Yeah, the story is pulling me in. The fear that the black women live underh is palpable.

Through page 135; Well, discussion of the ugly duckling's search for a handsome, wealthy husband is NOT what I find interesting. OK, as usual it is of course the dumb Mom who is pushing - but the reader has to get through this. Maybe interesting for teenagers?! In summary the plot so far is BORING and PREDICTABLE. Unfortunately plot has also smothered the fun dialogue from the helps' mouths. What I enjoy is the strong, wonderful relationships between the colored nannies and the white children they are raising, totally single-handedly. This is beautiful. Read this perhaps as how to raise children with love. The question arises why have kids if you don't want to raise them! I know, Mom and Dad both have to work in today's world. The question remains - how many working Mom's (and/or Dad's) WANT to raise their children? Why must all couples have kids? Maybe it is biologically dictated so that the human species doesn't die out.

Through page 16: I am immediately enjoying this book. Why is it that when you read an Irish quthor (I just finished A Star Called Henry) all is so dam black and horrible, but look the black "help" in the South back in the 60s didn't have life so easy either. Many, many people go through hard times, and not all of them constantly moan. i think you can spot Irish literature a mile away. Isn't this sad that they choose to express their life situation so terribly negatively. I KNOW they had a bad situation,but they are not the only ones! I have so often thought this about Irish literature. Think Angela's Ashes!