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Song of Solomon

Morrison, Toni (Book - 1995 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Song of Solomon


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In this celebrated novel, Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison created a new way of rendering the contradictory nuances of black life in America. Its earthy poetic language and striking use of folklore and myth established Morrison as a major voice in contemporary fiction. Song of Solomon begins with one of the most arresting scenes in our century's literature: a dreamlike tableau depicting a man poised on a roof, about to fly into the air, while cloth rose petals swirl above the snow-covered ground and, in the astonished crowd below, one woman sings as another enters premature labor. The child born of that labor, Macon (Milkman) Dead, will eventually come to discover, through his complicated progress to maturity, the meaning of the drama that marked his birth. Toni Morrison's novel is at once a romance of self-discovery, a retelling of the black experience in America that uncovers the inalienable poetry of that experience, and a family saga luminous in its depth, imaginative generosity, and universality. It is also a tribute to the ways in which, in the hands of a master, the ancient art of storytelling can be used to make the mysterious and invisible aspects of human life apparent, real, and firm to the touch. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
Authors: Morrison, Toni
Title: Song of Solomon
Publisher: New York :, Knopf,, 1995
Characteristics: xxv, 362 p. ;,22 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: Toni Morrison ; with an introduction by Reynolds Price
ISBN: 0679445048
9780679445043
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORRISON 1995
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Report This Jun 21, 2013
  • nicholasflamel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is truly magnificent. Morrison's allusions to the unjustified discrimination and violence that African Americans faced over the course of history is vividly implemented into the novel, signifying a unique background that influences a young black man, Macon "Milkman" Dead to go on a journey in search of his identity. Morrison's symbolism, motifs, and unique writing style (magical realism), sways the reader forward as they too will make a journey quite like Milkman's.

Report This Mar 18, 2013
  • MCinnamon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent novel, one of the many gems in the Everyman's Library. They publish many nobel prize winners and old classics. Back to this novel, i found the characters rich and unique. The story never bogs down at any time and it was a joy to read. Its about freedom in the north for former black slaves, the work it takes to me an equal among whites, leaving all the southern baggage behind but at a cost of the sence of family. Ony after returning south do they realize what they are missing in their lives.

Report This May 18, 2010
  • tmilini rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent and beautiful story.

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While trying to hide his Southern working class roots Macon Dead, an upper-class black businessman, insulates his family from the danger and despair of the rank and file blacks with whom he shares the neighbourhood. The plan drives his son, nicknamed "Milkman" into the arms of a violent, lower-class woman, and into a clandestine circle of blacks who repay white violence in kind.

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