The novel was an instant favorite among book clubs, written in the voice of black "help" by a woman raised by maids herself and who is white. She says the alleged unauthorized appropriation of her name and image is emotionally upsetting, and her employers, Carol and Robert Stockett III agree. The book focuses on the friendship of three women: Aibileen speaks in heavy ethnic lingo and, in one passage, compares her skin color to that of a cockroach.
Cooper has said the portrayal of Aibileen -- an almost saintly figure who is subjected to the racial prejudices of the period -- is "embarrassing. But in addition to being mortified by the black patois, Cooper is angry that the character so closely resembles her in many details.
The character Aibileen is a "wise, regal woman raising her 17th white child," according to the book jacket flap. Cooper has said the likeness is uncanny. Besides their names, both maids have a gold tooth. Shot in Mississippi, it is set for release in movie theaters Aug. He also noted that his author daughter, who has moved north to Atlanta, "is also a New Yorker now.
Amy Einhorn, whose imprint at Penguin Group USA published the book, was also unavailable, but she had earlier issued a prepared statement to the media: Skeeter researches several laws governing what blacks still can and cannot do in Mississippi, and her growing opposition to the racial order results in her being shunned by her social circle.
The other maids decide that they are willing to take a chance with their jobs, and their safety, and join the book project. Not all the stories are negative, and some describe beautiful and generous, loving and kind events; while others are cruel and even brutal. A film adaptation of The Help was released on August 10, The film also received three other Academy Award nominations: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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I originally read the audio book edition of "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett and later read it on my Kindle for book club. The Help is most definitely on my short list for all time favorite books. I am not sure which was better the audio book or the Kindle read/5(10K).
The Help, Kathryn Stockett's debut novel, tells the story of black maids working in white Southern homes in the early s in Jackson, Mississippi, and of Miss Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, a year-old graduate from Ole Miss, who returns to her family's cotton plantation, Longleaf, to find that her.
Stockett is a wonderful novelist, and The Help is a charming, thoughtful novel about women finding their voices, and the truths we see when we have the courage to look unflinchingly into the mirror/5(K). Additionally, reviewers loved (and loathed) Stockett's three-dimensional characters—and cheered and hissed their favorites to the end. Several critics questioned Stockett's decision to use a heavy dialect solely for the black characters. Overall, however, The Help is a compassionate, original story, as well as an excellent choice for book groups/5(10K).
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, follows the lives of three women living in Jackson, Mississippi. Two of the women, Aibilene and Minny are black, hired as help to wealthy, or trying to appear wealthy, white families/5. Kathryn Stockett is a writer and editor of American origin. Born in in Jackson, Mississippi, she is best known for her critically acclaimed novel The Help. Stockett studied creative writing and English for her undergraduate course from .