The Help is a brilliant book and an absolute masterpiece by Kathryn Stockett. It would be a great summer read since it catches you from the very beginning . It is amazingly gripping that the reader would not be willing to put it down until the last page.
The Help is an outstanding example of Modern American literature. It an historical fiction which might leave the similar feelings of reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Both excellent pieces of works extraordinarily points out the reflections of a huge social problem regarding race issues in Alabama, USA, in historical fiction. The help let us see the past struggles of today’s modern America with the eyes of ordinary people in the street in 1960s. (of course such struggles was present in different forms in the rest of the world).
The main characters of the novel are Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny. The main success of storytelling of the book is that Stockett makes an impressive work to bring the lives of the three together so smoothly that readers are not tortured with forced transitions or unnatural links between the stories. I have to say that the book “A Thousand Splendid Suns” with two main characters gave me the feeling that the connection between the characters very artificial and it required more causes or stories to build plot of the two-character-novel. Therefore, the Help sets the bar very high in this respect. The characters are very well drawn and very detailed. Yet, the details are provided as the story goes on; therefore, the writer does not bother readers succeeding pages of boring descriptions or depictions.
Furthermore, the writer mentions her own family life with their own help. To me, the story was enriched with writers’ personal experience and as a reader, I had a feeling that Skeeter’s character, opinions, ups and downs somehow reflected the Kathryn Stockett in the book.
I would recommend you to read the Help as soon as possible. I am disappointed with the tendency of people to prefer newly published books over the Help and its kinds. More and more popular culture dictates that books should have incredible excitements, extraordinary stories or thrilling plots. Well it is a matter of choice, but my opinion is that the Help is a kind of bedside books.