The Help by Kathryn Stockett [BOOK REVIEW]
Anytime I need to relax after a hard day at work I sit in my relaxing armchair and I start reading a book. I usually choose books after the significance of their title and it was this case too. “The help” written by Kathryn Stockett is a book about three women: an idealistic Skeeter, a romantic Aibileen, and a cynical Minny. While Skeeter is a young white women who just graduated from college, Aibileen and Minny are maids in the houses of two white rich women who are living in Jackson, Mississippi.
Despite the fact that they’re job is to clean, cook and help their masters with everything they need, Aibileen and Minny always hit the anger and hate with which they are treated. Following their mother’s in housekeeping duties, their hope of surpassing the social conditions seems to lay in education. Skeeter becomes a sort of confessor for the two maids who find the strength to tell her all the problems they have to face up just because they are black. Unconsciously, they hope that someone will help them after hearing their stories and that maybe at least their children will have the chance to education and to a better life.
The condition of the woman in the mid ’60 s seems to be the central theme of the book “The help” by Kathryn Stockett. Ambition, force and a sort of crazy courage guides the main characters of Kathryn Stockett‘s book; they emphasize to women that the social status they have today has been gained with great sacrifices from our ancestors.
No boring episodes can be found in this book as the action surprises the reader with the naturally sense of telling it. “The help” shows us that that the free spirit that dominates the American women today evolved in a miraculous way from racism, adamant preconceptions and even hate towards the unknown person next to you. Each of Aibileen’s, Minny’s and Skeeter’s story has its charm and helps us configure their character and the personality features that are most prominent.
Reading “The help” written by Kathryn Stockett represents both a psychological exercise for the reader and also a relaxing moment shared with the there characters which tend to have a bit from each of us, women.