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The Help
by Kathryn Stockett | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingChremajorawing of Siegen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on 10/13/2011
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by marmee463): travelling


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13 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingChremajorawing from Siegen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, June 18, 2012

10 out of 10

Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver... There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell...  


Journal Entry 2 by wingChremajorawing at Sharm el Sheikh, South Sinai Governorate Egypt on Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (6/21/2012 UTC) at Sharm el Sheikh, South Sinai Governorate Egypt

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As requested from my "please take my AVLs"-RABCK. I hope you enjoy this book just as much as I did; it is one of my all-time favourites :) 


Journal Entry 3 by Miss_Sunshine at Sharm el Sheikh, Red Sea Governorate Egypt on Friday, August 17, 2012

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Well, what a lovely surprise! I was having the busiest day ever at work and was being a bit of a drama queen about it if im honest. I was in one of those states where i wished it was 5pm so i could close the doors of the Dive Center and go home but the sensible side of me wished 5pm would take its time in coming as i needed a few hours to get my to-do list fully ticked off!
When the guy from the reception came into the center with this parcel i knew straight away what it was and i was filled with a sudden warm feeling. I didnt open it straight away so it sat in my in tray for a good hour or so and i just kept telling myself, get your work done and you can open it.
When i did get the time to open it, Chremajora, i am overcome with your kindness. I still can not believe that you actually brought this book for me! I have only been a member of Bookcrossing since December 2011 and i was told by one lady, bookcrossers are the nicest people you could ever meet, well she was right about that!
It may have been on a slow camel but when it arrived .... it made my month! Thank you so so much!!!!!!! 


Journal Entry 4 by Miss_Sunshine at Sharm el Sheikh, Red Sea Governorate Egypt on Friday, October 19, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (10/19/2012 UTC) at Sharm el Sheikh, Red Sea Governorate Egypt

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I adored this book! Every single page of it! I was even reading it at work and sometimes i was so engrossed i completely forgot where i was! Aibileen and Minny are such fab characters and so life-like and even now ive finished the book i feel such a void ... everyone i know who has read the book tell me that the film is also fab, one of the few films that is actually just like the book so looks like ill be getting a hold of that this weekend to see the girls on the tee-vee :)

Im sending this book out as a bookray .... hope everyone enjoys it as much as i did.

This book is currently on a flight to Scotland and will be posted to Daffodil_2 from there :)


List as follows:

Daffodil_2 - UK
Herrgirl - UK
Huffpuff - UK
Sarahmachin84 - UK
amme1980 - UK
Rudifun23 - UK
Merolia - Greece
FraukeRo - Germany
LilzGold - New Zealand  


Journal Entry 5 by wingdaffodil-2wing at North Walsham, Norfolk United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Received in the post today from Miss Sunshine. Thanks very much-can't wait to read it-it will definitely be my next read-am currently half-way through my current book so won't be too long. 


Journal Entry 6 by wingdaffodil-2wing at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

7 out of 10

Review :- I really enjoyed this book and feel that I would also enjoy the film although I would imagine that it may be "hammed-up" a little too much for my liking. I would like to see the characters brought to life.
The story made me very emotional at times and I felt so sorry for the "coloured" people who were badly treated. However I felt very pleased to be reading it at a time when President Obama has just been voted in for a 2nd term. This to me proves what a long way we have already come but I fear we still have a long way to go before everyone is treated equally.
I loved the quote about Minny's sister who "never had to lift a finger while she was growing up because of a heart defect which later turned out to be a fly on the x-ray machine".
I was in tears when I read of Aibileen wanting books so badly and not being able to use the "white" library.

The friendship between the 3 main characters was a good basis for the book and although they were very different personalities I could understand the qualities that made them value each other.

The story was well put together and I liked the idea of making separate chapters be told from the point of view of different characters in the story.

This book will be sent to Herrgirl within the next few days.
 


Journal Entry 7 by herrgirl at Wantage, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, November 19, 2012

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Arrived today. I have been wanting to read this for quite a while, so thank you, daffodil_2, for sending it on and Miss Sunshine for sharing. I should get started on it later this week.  


Journal Entry 8 by herrgirl at Wantage, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, December 14, 2012

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The story gives us a clear insight into a time and a mindset which we would hope would be long gone, but sadly isn't, as all too frequent news stories testify. At times it made my blood boil, at other times there were moments of tenderness and hope which brought tears to my eyes.

Three courageous women doing their bit to try to change the attitudes of southern white people towards the "coloureds" tell the story from their own standpoint. I couldn't stop reading and my only regret is that we couldn't follow them all further in their lives.

I loved the character of Celia Foote, the "white trash" who had married out of her class and couldn't understand why the other women in the town ignored her, but had a
husband who loved her just as she was. I loathed Hilly Holbrook, surely one of the nastiest characters ever to appear in a work of fiction. I despised her friends who would entrust the care and upbringing of their children to the help, but wouldn't trust them with the family silver.

This book will stay in my mind for a very long time. Thanks for sharing it, Miss Sunshine.

I now have Huffpuff's address so will get it on its way to her as soon as I can. 


Journal Entry 9 by herrgirl at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (12/15/2012 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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On its way to the next reader, who I hope will appreciate it as much as I did. 


Journal Entry 10 by Huffpuff at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Just arrived today thank you. It will be my Christmas holiday reading. 


Journal Entry 11 by Huffpuff at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, January 20, 2013

8 out of 10

I enjoyed this book, although it took me a while to get through it, as it was longer than I thought it would be and I seemed to have no time to read it! The characters were well thought out and realistic and it shows just how far things have come in 50 years. I haven't seen the film but I would like to as I have heard good things.
Have contacted next in the list and will post out as soon as possible, snow permitting! 


Journal Entry 12 by Huffpuff at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, January 20, 2013

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Released 5 yrs ago (1/21/2013 UTC) at London, Greater London United Kingdom

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Sent on its way to the next on the list.
Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 13 by SarahMachin84 at Market Deeping, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on Friday, February 08, 2013

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Received, thank you. Started reading last night - good so far :) 


Journal Entry 14 by SarahMachin84 at Market Deeping, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 31, 2013

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Released 5 yrs ago (4/2/2013 UTC) at Market Deeping, Lincolnshire United Kingdom

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Sending on to the next person on the list amme1980. I had a little boy in August and jsut havent had the time to finish reading The Help. What I did read (first two chapters) were very good, although it took me a chapter to get in to the way of reading it. Enjoy. 


Journal Entry 15 by amme1980 at Vale of Glamorgan, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, April 06, 2013

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Received on Thursday - thank you and congratulations :) Will start to read as soon as I have finished my current book. Looking forward to this one having heard so much about it.  


Journal Entry 16 by amme1980 at Vale of Glamorgan, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, May 23, 2013

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I really enjoyed this book. One of the best I have read in quite a while.

I liked the differing narratives, felt an affinity for a number of the characters and towards the end I could not wait to see how the story came to an end.

I've quite deliberately avoided the film until now as I didn't want the book to be spoiled but will now make a point of watching it.

A very enjoyable and thought provoking read.  


Journal Entry 17 by amme1980 at Vale of Glamorgan, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (5/23/2013 UTC) at Vale of Glamorgan, Wales United Kingdom

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And on it's way to Rudifun23.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did and thank you to all before me for getting it this far. 


Journal Entry 18 by Rudifun23 at Southampton, Hampshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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Received but forgotten about, apologies for holding up the ray! Next person contacted for address so it will move on again soon I promise :-)
Posted to Merolia in Greece as previous two on list have opted out. 


Journal Entry 19 by Merolia at Halandri, Attica Greece on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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I found this waiting for me, thank you for sending! 


Journal Entry 20 by Merolia at Halandri, Attica Greece on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

8 out of 10

I loved this book. The more I read the harder it was to put down. It's been a long time since I found myself so hooked (and not on an adventure or fantasy) and I really enjoyed it. The characters, narration, descriptions, feelings spreading from it, the humor, however bitter... Some parts were so powerful that made me shiver -like Aibileen describing how vengeful white ladies can be, her relationship with the little girl and the stories she told her, the dramatic incidents with Celia and Minny, Lou Anne's reaction to the book and so many others I seem to forget now. I was also captured by Skeeter's story: the way she was different and gradually let herself be released from all the conservatism of her environment, the description of her isolation and her "fight" with writing. And speaking of writing, I was deeply moved by Aibileen's case and how the author gradually revealed what a gifted person she was, although she was never able to study and pursue her talend. I am in no position to judge the accuracy or justice concerning the situation the book described, but for me it was a very well written and most thought provoking story.

Thank you very much for sharing!! 


Journal Entry 21 by FraukeRo at Großefehn, Niedersachsen Germany on Thursday, September 26, 2013

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The book was waiting for me when I got home today. Looking forward to read it. 


Journal Entry 22 by Merolia at Halandri, Attica Greece on Sunday, September 29, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (9/24/2013 UTC) at Halandri, Attica Greece

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Some late release notes, for the history. A few people after me dropped out and since I was a bit reluctant to send to New Zealand we were happy to find another reader in Europe. I hope the next readers enjoy it as much as I did -the more I thought about it the more I liked it, so I finally decided to buy my own copy. I will prefer the translated version, despite fear of disappointment, because I would like to share it with my family and they prefer reading in Greek. I also saw the film and enjoyed it a lot, but I suggest reading the book first if you can! 


Journal Entry 23 by FraukeRo at Großefehn, Niedersachsen Germany on Sunday, September 29, 2013

10 out of 10

The language took me a little getting used to... but then I rushed through the amazing story very fast. A few years ago, "To Kill a Mockingbird" was mandatory reading for me in school. I wish our teacher had told us about this book as complementary reading, it really gives an insight into life in the American South in the 1960s.

The story is amazing and at the same time it is scary to think that my parents or grandparents could have been involved in it, had they been born in a different place. Even though I technically knew about the dates, knowing that "Mae Mobley" was born only a few years before my mom helped me to realize that this part of history took place comparativly recently!

I really liked "Skeeter's" tries to show both good and bad. On the one hand, the miserable situation of "the help" is depicted very well. On the other hand, despite all the sadness and cruelty, I did not find the story depressing but rather found it encouraging. I loved reading about all those little things, about the good, funny, helpful and loving characters who come in all skin colours. 


Journal Entry 24 by FraukeRo at Großefehn, Niedersachsen Germany on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (10/1/2013 UTC) at Großefehn, Niedersachsen Germany

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On its way to New Zealand. 


Journal Entry 25 by LilzGold at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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The book arrived today! Thank you Frauke for sending it on.

I've already started reading it and so far it looks fantastic. I can't wait to finish it.

I'm the last person in the bookring, so if anyone has any suggestions for what I can do with the book after finishing it, please let me know c: 


Journal Entry 26 by LilzGold at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (12/16/2013 UTC) at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Found this book on someone's wishlist and sent it over to them in Australia.
Hope you enjoy it Megan! 


Journal Entry 27 by wingmeganhwing at Thornbury, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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Happy New Year to all the previous readers of this book. I was delighted to receive a wishlist book in the mail and I see this one is very well travelled. I look forward to reading this and I am heading over to the Wishlists right now to see if I can pay it forward - thank you very much LilzGold 


Journal Entry 28 by wingmeganhwing at Thornbury, Victoria Australia on Monday, May 12, 2014

8 out of 10

I had seen the movie on an international flight last year and wasn't sure how I would enjoy the book as I usually prefer to read before seeing!
Anyway, I loved the story and of course the characters were brought so much more alive than in the film. Aibileen and Minny and Skeeter were well described and I could visualise them and their angst at what may happen if they were found it. I loved the way the story was told from each of their viewpoints and could hardly put the book down as I wanted to find out what would happen next; and then I was disappointed to come to the end.
There is no way this book could ever have been published in the era in which it was set and it was good to see there has been some progress in inter-race relations in the 50 years since - we still have a long way to go though! 


Journal Entry 29 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Saturday, June 14, 2014

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Caught at today's meet-up at Green Sage Café. 


Journal Entry 30 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, September 03, 2014

7 out of 10

This well travelled book is a delight, well written, it was funny, poignant and gave a great insight into the times. I shall send it on its way shortly. 


Journal Entry 31 by wingmarmee463wing at Green Sage Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Friday, September 05, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (9/12/2014 UTC) at Green Sage Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia

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Plan to release this at Saturday's meet-up.

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