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Starred Review. Four peerless actors render an array of sharply defined black and white characters in the nascent years of the civil rights movement. They each handle a variety of Southern accents with aplomb and draw out the daily humiliation and pain the maids are subject to, as well as their abiding affection for their white charges. The actors handle the narration and dialogue so well that no character is ever stereotyped, the humor is always delightful, and the listener is led through the multilayered stories of maids and mistresses. The novel is a superb intertwining of personal and political history in Jackson, Miss., in the early 1960s, but this reading gives it a deeper and fuller power. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 1). (Feb.)
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In writing about such a troubled time in American history, Southern-born Stockett takes a big risk, one that paid off enormously. Critics praised Stockett's skillful depiction of the ironies and hypocrisies that defined an era, without resorting to depressing or controversial clich√©s. Rather, Stockett focuses on the fascinating and complex relationships between vastly different members of a household. 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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
I practically flew through this book. It is set in the South in the 1960's, which is the decade in which I grew up. Read morePublished 1 day ago by S. L. Endy
It was easier listening to it while reading it. But it was amazing. I hate the ending, bc of what happens but its a really good book overall.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful, powerful book. These were sad times; and sorry to say, still seem to exist.Published 2 days ago by G. K. B.
What a wonderful, wise, funny, outrageous book.
Everyone should read it at least once.
Unforgettable characters in both the black and the white communities, nuanced just... Read more
Great read. The prejudices and ideas of the past are highlighted to make the reader to feel sorry for both the main character and the people who are discriminating against her.Published 2 days ago by kelleyboo