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... There have been some wonderful books set in America’s deep south ranging from ‘Gone With the Wind’ Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, through to ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ by Harper Lee which must be one of my all time favourite books then more recently ‘The Book of the Negro’ and ‘Mudbound’ as well as ‘Kindred’ ... Read review
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Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter ... more

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. Aibileen is a
black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her
seventeenth white child. Something has shifted
inside her after the loss of her own son, who died
while his bosses looked the other way. She is
devoted to the little girl she looks after, though
she knows both their hearts may be broken. Minny,
Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps
the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook
like nobody's business, but she can't mind her
tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny
finally finds a position working for someone too
new to town to know her reputation. But her new
boss has secrets of her own. Seemingly as
different from one another as can be, these women
will nonetheless come together for a clandestine
project that will put them all at risk. And why?
Because they are suffocating within the lines that
define their town and their times. And sometimes
lines are made to be crossed. (Large Print
Edition)

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Her first but hopefully not her last!

AdvantagesGood story told well

DisadvantagesNone for me

"...were right it was just the kind of book that appeals to me. It was set in America and as I studied American Studies at University I have always enjoyed books set in this country. I also have an interest in black history in America and this was an area that I studied in depth so this book hit the spot in both setting and the content. There have been some wonderful books set in America’s deep south ranging from ‘Gone With the Wind’ Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, ..." Read review
24.01.2012

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A Colourful Read Review with images

AdvantagesSkilful prose, strong characterisations and vividly descriptive passages

DisadvantagesThe use of stereotypical "black" language for one character

"...old. Back then I read all the books I had to in English lessons as more of a chore than a pleasure, despite my enjoyment of the subject. Shakespeare didn't come easily to me for instance, but I got a glimpse of the American Deep South from Harper Lee's classic, and from _The Glass Menagerie_ by Tennessee Williams. Williams' play has remained with me as a classic example of how, for some, appearances matter above everything else, Lee's novel scratched ..." Read review
20.11.2010

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Every side has a story to tell

AdvantagesBrilliantly written, gritty and powerful storyline, mixture of emotions

DisadvantagesNone

"...is really hard to understand the cruel injustices these African Americans suffered as a result of white supremacy taking full force but it happened. I think to understand the significance of the book "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett it is necessary to understand its place in the tortured Black American history. Apologies for the boring history lesson coming up... ===Boring History Lesson (feel free to skip)=== Slavery has been in existence in North ..." Read review
23.09.2010

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They Had A Dream

AdvantagesBeautifully written, excellent story, atmospheric

DisadvantagesNone

"...six months ago after reading the back and being intrigued by the subject matter and the beautiful writing style of the excerpt shown there. The Help is set in 1960's Mississippi, and so unsurprisingly revolves around the racial divide and de jure segregation of the southern states of America during this decade, as well a the slow changes which led to more integration. I studied the American Civil Rights Movement at school as part of my History AS ..." Read review
27.06.2010

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What was life really like as a black maid? Review with images

AdvantagesPlot, characters, a different book than I would usually choose

DisadvantagesNone

"...looking into so after reading the product description on Amazon I decided to give it a go even though it didn’t sound like my usual light hearted chick-lit. ==Plot== The book is set in 1960’s America in a town called Jackson. There was still segregation between black and whites at this time and a lot of white families had black maids working for them. First of all we meet Aibileen who works for Elizabeth. Aibileen tries to enjoy her work as much ..." Read review
31.03.2012

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A wondrous novel about three unforgettable women. A glorious read' - Adriana Trigiani 'Daring, vitally important and deftly handled, I loved and admired The Help. It's very courageous. VERY courageous. Fantastic' - Marian Keyes Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver. Some lines will never be crossed. Aibileen is a black maid: smart, regal, and raising her seventeenth white child. Yet something shifted inside Aibileen the day her own son died while his bosses looked the other way. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is by some way the sassiest woman in Mississippi. But even her extraordinary cooking won't protect Minny from the consequences of her tongue. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter returns home with a degree and a head full of hope, but her mother will not be happy until there's a ring on her finger. Seeking solace with Constantine, the beloved maid who raised her, Skeeter finds she has gone. But why will no one tell her where? Seemingly as different as can be, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will not only put them all at risk but also change the town of Jackson for ever. But why? And for what? The Help is a deeply moving, timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we won't. Itis about how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other - and that terrible feeling that those who look after your children may understand them, even love them, better than you . . .

Product details

EAN 9781905490431; 9780141039282, 9781905490431
Type Fiction
Genre Modern Fiction
Title The Help
Author Kathryn Stockett
All Authors Kathryn Stockett
Release Date 07-24-13
ISBN 1905490437
Long Name The Help
Publisher Fig Tree
Edition Paperback

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