- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 18 hours and 19 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 28, 2009
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001SIHRUY
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Although the book is very similar to the movie, it adds more context, incidents, and depth to the story, and is a deeply satisfying read. We're able to follow Skeeter as she realizes the people who who loved and raised her, and her contemporaries, were African American. And those African Americans are treated completely differently than Caucasians. And many of her friends - friends she thought she understood - treat them inequitably and in a way that Skeeter and common belief today would deem inappropriate. We watch as Skeeter recognizes the moral wrongness of that inequity, while her 'friends' either turn away or simply do not notice. We also watch as Skeeter's mother becomes more open about her own role in family caregiver Constantine's disappearance, while Skeeter works to address and ultimately becomes more open about the inequities, regardless of the impact on long-time friendships.
I found both the book and the movie to be equally impressive, and I'm just amazed that this was Kathryn Stockett's first book. If she does no further writing, she's done enough. What a quietly powerful book.
Aibileen Clark is a black maid. She’s a God loving, church going woman. Most of the time she keeps to herself and stays out of the limelight. She is currently working for Mrs. Elizabeth Leefolt, one of Skeeter’s best friends. Mrs. Leefolt isn’t the type of person that should be having children. They are more of a nuisance than a joy to her. And, Aibileen is doing her best to raise Elizabeth’s children to love themselves and be kind to others.
Minny Jackson is a black maid in the household of another of Skeeter’s friends, Mrs. Hilly Holbrook. Minny has a sassy mouth and has a hard time keeping a job. She needs the money with five children and a husband working two jobs. Hilly is a mean, spiteful woman who is the head of the Junior League of Jackson, Mississippi. She treats Minny as though she is a disease.
Skeeter finds herself at odds with Hilly and the idea of outdoor bathrooms for the colored help. The inhumane treatment that she witnesses sparks an idea to write the stories of the maids as told by the maids. Aibileen is the only one to agree at first. As things deteriorate in the South with the federal government pushing for desegregation, her editor urges her to get the book to her as soon as possible with at least a dozen stories.
Stockett’s first novel, The Help, is about the book itself being written. It is both funny and sad. The stories are about true love and friendship as well as hate and racism. There is a lot we all can learn from these stories. Social injustice to any group is unacceptable. These ladies worked long hours under almost slave-like conditions just to feed themselves and their families.
5 out of 5 stars.