Morrison, Toni

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"The story of a Korean war veteran on a quest to save his younger sister"-- Provided by publisher. Frank is an angry, broken veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. He is shocked out of his apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he's hated all his life.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307594167
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORRISON 2012
Characteristics: 145 p. ;,22 cm


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Jun 03, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A restrained novella telling a story of redemption. It is unusual for Morrison in its male protagonist, but usual in containing the themes which preoccupy her. This is a remarkably hopeful story given the personal circumstances of Morrison's life at the time.

Mar 18, 2013

Home is a great book. Run to the library and get the audiobook version of "Home" and you will hear Toni Morrison read her book. It is a wonderful gift to hear her tell the story.

Even though it's a completely different genre, and completely different medium, I had the same sensation reading "Home" as I did watching "Spirited Away" by Miyazaki. Or maybe Kurosawa's movie "Dreams" - the frightening segment with the dog and the soldier at the tunnel. Everything is surprising. Missing are the cultural stereotypes we are so used to. Home is steeped in a culture that - if you are not African American - you've heard about, but know nothing about, really. I found myself wondering how a person who doesn't know much about U.S. history would take this book. And in fact, educators might want to have their students read "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present" by Harriet Washington http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_... as background for this novel.

Too, I wondered if readers would understand the reference to the "fellow traveler" who was fired by the doctor. To those who know the history of communists organizing in the south,, such references, like the Money family's backstory, are echoes of a people's history.

The revelation about the killer of the Korean girl made me sad. I am reminded of Seymour Hirsch's account of the mass murders at My Lai, in Viet Nam. Hirsch said that it was white soldiers who did the killing - that the Black and Latino soldiers held back. The relationships between people of color and Native peoples - all of whom have internalized racism and white supremacy to one degree or another - is something that I need to study and if readers can recommend books to me that explore these relationships with any class consciousness please let me know. The Asian characters in Home are not treated with the same depth, but I understand Morrison's parameters in her tale.

I was annoyed by the NYTimes review, which compared some of Morrison;s lines to "in text SparkNotes." Even more disturbing was the reviewer Leah Hager Cohen's conclusion,

"Part of Morrison’s longstanding greatness resides in her ability to animate specific stories about the black experience and simultaneously speak to all experience. It’s precisely by committing unreservedly to the first that she’s able to transcend the circumscribed audience it might imply. This work’s accomplishment lies in its considerable capacity to make us feel that we are each not only resident but co-owner of, and collectively accountable for, this land we call home."

That's what I call dragging out the teddy bear of Humanity. It was/is a horrible experience but we all share it, we can be comforted by squeezing the teddy bear and go back to sleep because the nightmare is over. Somehow this makes people feel better - we're all human, and now we understand each other better and the world is better. Not! I don't think it's possible for white people, for non-Blacks, to understand the Black experience. And why would the ability to speak to white people (as implied but not stated by Cohen) be a "transcendence"?

I saw the Money's world as something outside my ken. For me, the only thing that gives me some sense of what is going on in the world is my limited grasp of history - that is, of capitalism - and the role that race and white supremacy play in the warping of all human, and in fact all natural relations.

So while I understand Morrison's choices, I found myself musing, well, perhaps the "fellow traveler" fired by the doctor was Leonid McGill's father -- Leonid (Walter Mosley's latest detective hero) whose father was a communist.

Feb 21, 2013
  • nutty7688 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not the best read by Toni Morrison, but it was quick.

Jan 04, 2013
  • cry2hvn827 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm an avid Toni Morrison fan and Home does not disappoint. Taking place in racist America in the mid to late 20th century, Ms. Morrison takes us on a glorified ride. The two antagonists learn lessons of pride, integrity, and forgiveness. Not quite the same caliber as Bluest Eye or Beloved, but I'm definitely keeping it on my shelf

Nov 03, 2012
  • FannieD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not quite what I exepcted from such an aclaimed writer but a good read. Will move on to a recommended read.

Oct 04, 2012
  • nhoj rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A short novella by the american
nobel winning author . Set in the past - post Korean war - a damaged black war vet journey's home in a racist America to save his medically abused younger sister. But returning home stirs up memories of a difficult childhood.
A good read, a compelling story that unfolds slowly so that we, the reader, learn of the protagonists life struggles little by little untill a whole picture emerges at the end.

Aug 27, 2012
  • mccal006 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Different than what I've come to expect from Toni Morrison, but excellent. Understated but deep.

Aug 10, 2012
  • orphicfiddler rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It's a good story and one that needed to be told (like all of Morrison's books), but this one felt more rushed and less cared about than her earlier works, as though she was skipping over bits and pieces, not for the sake of concision, but because she just wanted to be done with it. Still worth reading, but not if you haven't read the likes of Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, and Beloved first.

Aug 10, 2012
  • KSerá rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Not my favorite of Morrison's novels, but that's still high praise.

Jul 06, 2012
  • atsfromcleve rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent and engaging writing. I had trouble with the last couple of Morrison books so it was a treat to connect with her material again. As always, an important story is told from an African American perspective.

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Jul 06, 2012
  • atsfromcleve rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 14, 2013
  • lyndapringle rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I rarely give a novel less than three stars but this one merited it despite the very talented author, Toni Morrison. The novel centers around a Korean veteran, Frank, who makes his way home to Lotus, Georgia to help care for his fragile sister, Cee. Frank encounters prejudice, cruelty but also much kindness along his trip across the United States. He does battle with a thieving policeman who attempts to keep him in a holding ward and encounters kind and not so kind preachers along the way willing to give him a helping hand. He attempts to unsuccessfully reconcile with his wife, Lily. Despite setbacks, he trudges onward to Georgia to find his beloved Cee who is in a bad way. The wonderful plot withstanding, the novel is bogged down with needless descriptions of items that do not add to the plot. We read descriptions from everything about the flora, to houses, to the punctilious inner workings of a character's mind. Morrison is known for her lyricism and that lyricism has worked wonderfully in some of her books such as "The Bluest Eye" but here it detracts from the stunning plot which can stand on its own. I do not recommend this book by Morrison. It is not one of her best. If the reader is looking for a novel which merits Morrison's talents, I recommend "The Bluest Eye."


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Jun 30, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Look to yourself. You free. Nothing and nobody is obliged to save you but you.”


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