“It was shame be the colour of a new white uniform you mother ironed all night to pay for, white without smudge or a speck a work-dirt on it” – Minny Jackson.
” All Im saying is, kindness dont have no boundaries ” – Aibileen Clark.
Title : The Help. Author : Kathryn Stockett
Set in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, this novel is told by three different women: Aibileen and Minny which are both black (American- African) maids working for the white ladies in society, and Eugenia “skeeter” Phelan is a fresh college graduate who also a member in that white society. Aibileen is a senior maid and her son has been recently killed in an accident by a white person; Minny has a sassy mouth but famous for her ability to cook, while Skeeter is unmarried, have a passion in writting and living with her parents.
So, the story started with the initiative about an idea for whites to build separate bathrooms in their homes for their colored help by a high member in the society named, Hilly. And shes encouraging everyone to support the initiative because her husband is enrolled to be a state senator. Somehow Skeeter feels the odd, because white peoples tend to raise they kids with the coloured help, and when the kids are older they growing like their parents, white. Another bizzare thing is that the society hold a fund raiser event every year for African kids. Which is helping a black people somewhere far while the black people around them are not get a good treatment.
After some unpleasant incident, Aibileen and Minny decided to help Skeeter with the book. Skeeter tries to pursue her writing dream in spite of being a good housewife and being in social graces. And this three women are work together on the project of equality, that people can connect with each other regardless of their color.
I finished the book 3 days ago, unfortunately It took me more time to read this due to the final weeks. To be fair, I tried to read the book because I’ve seen the movie, but now I feel dissapointed at myself because I find the book is much better than the movie. Since I have seen the movie, I totally can hear them talking in their Southern American accent during my reading lol. Anyway, I find this book very delightful and entertaining although it packed with serious issues like segregation and racism. Also, I love how the author give a mixed personalitiy in every single characters such as; Hilly, who is a terrible person but a really good mother or Elizabeth who is a conservative wife but very ignorant towards her children. This shows that anyone can be both, good and bad as it is very humane. Oh! My favourite character are Celia Foote, Jhonny Foote and Minny Jackson.