Skip to main content

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Day 8 of #AtoZChallenge

Unabashedly honest, courageous, considerate, truthful- These are the adjectives I would use to define The Help by Katheryn Stockett. It is one of those books which make you angry, sad and compassionate, all at the same time. It is definitely in the list of my all-time favourite books and one of those rare books which also turned out awesome on silverscreen.

The Help is based upon a sensitive subject of racial apartheid in many parts of the US during the last century. Though, it is a fictional account tracing the lives of African-American women in Jackson, Mississippi who worked as domestic helps in white people’s houses during the 1960s; the story clearly echoes what happened in the society back then. However, what differentiated this book from others in the genre, is the presentation and the characters. The author uses characters generously inspired from reality to portray the life of these people in a society which needed them to survive but could not accept them as equals.

The story revolves around Aibilieen and Minny who work as help in white people’s houses. They help with the domestic chores and take care of the children. Aibileen is composed, matured, loves kids and is proficient at her work. Minny, on the other hand, can’t seem to control her tongue and ends up in trouble more often than she can handle. Skeeter Phelan is a white young blonde who socializes with Aibileen and Minny’s employers but unlike her friends, treats the help with compassion and kindness. Skeeter Phelan needs a unique story to get published and decides to write about the Help-but from their point of view. After initial resistances, Minny and Aibilieen along with eleven other women agree to share their stories, completely aware of the drastic consequences if they are exposed, all along the way.

Stockett’s characters are courageous, to say the least. In spite of the mortal risk, the women in the book stand up for righteousness in their own way. Skeeter and Celia Foote represent the segment of the white society which does not want racial discrimination and make efforts in their own way. The emotions in the plot blend perfectly to maintain a balance of fact and fiction. Helplessness, sadness and disgust along with hope, optimism and courage work together in this literary masterpiece.


Linking this post to #AtoZChallenge with #Blogchatter


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Cabin Monologue

I feel nice. I spoke to my friend after a long time. I don’t understand why he distanced himself over the last few years. We were so close in college. We also got a job in the same company. Both of us worked hard to get where we are today. Our means were different, so were our expectations from our position. Of course, I love my family but I wanted to enjoy the benefits that came with my powerful position. He didn’t agree with me. I guess that was the reason he stopped talking to me. I was really happy to talk to him today but then he started the same old nonsense. What does he mean that it will blow in my face? That I should change? Times are changing, he said. I wanted to shout back at him that nothing has changed and it never will.

Cover Reveal – Paradise Towers- Debut Novel by Shweta Bachchan Nanda

10th October 2018 will add one more remarkable name to the glamorous list of Bollywood celebrities turned authors. Shweta Bachchan Nanda brings to us a hilarious but moving tale of quirky residents of Paradise Towers. As the bookworms impatiently wait for its launch on her dad’s birthday , it has already gained some rave reviews from some well-known names of Bollywood. Coming from one of the most talented lineage of the industry, Shweta Bachchan Nanda promises a lot to the literary ecosphere. And while we will have to wait till 10th October to get our copy of Paradise Towers, Writersmelon have provided us the cover of the book to reveal on Kolorpencil to contain our excitement for now.

Cross Connection is not a book

Yes, you read that right. Cross Connection is not a book. Or, let me rephrase that. Cross Connection is not just a book. It is much more than that. It is a feeling I have lived for last so many years. It is a testimonial of the love of two completely opposite people who decided to come together. It is a tribute to their families with completely different cultures who came together and celebrated this bond of love. It is an ovation to the challenges that these two people and their families faced while adjusting with each other and came closer. And it is a promise that in spite of everything, this cross connection will only grow stronger.