This rich and moving novel traces the lives of two black heroines from their close-knit childhood in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation.
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despite that weird author hand placement thing, i've been kinda seriously obsessing over all these pictures of morrison's huge lion's head, piercing eyes, and silver dreads... and as i plow through her body of work i stare at her face for some external indication of all the furious demented & psychotic shit she flings at us. by all appearances she's a lovely woman. ...more
Sula the book was great; a bit dry at points, but - of course - very well written, very well rendered by Toni Morrison. This is my first TM book, and I think it was a good introduction.
Hannah is one of my favorite characters. I am quite baffled as to how someone could describe a woman who basically sleeps with every man in town but make her seem so tame and likeable that I can't count it against her. I think that's the point; she was dependent on someone else for her financial se ...more
1. "When you gone to get married? You need to have some babies. It'll settle you"
"I don't want to make somebody else. I want to make myself."
2. "She had been looking all along for a friend, and it took her a while to discover that ...more
Toni Morrison has been on my personal "must read" authors list for years, so it is especially disappointing to find that her style is simply not a good fit for my tastes. This book jumps from one unpleasant subject to the next, bouncing in and out of a stream of consciousness flow. While appropriate for the time in which the novel is set, I also found the repetitive, constant focus on race to be platitudinous and unfortunate. There are far more things I would like to know ...more
Unlike a lot of “serious ...more
(2009 review)Fantastic story! Morrison is a powerhouse when it comes to story telling. In this short book, she will manage to gain your heart, break it, and then heal it on the very last page. I'm glad Oprah made this one of her book selections so women everywhere could get the chance to experience and live through the life long friendship of Sula and Nel. The only way I know to describe this story: gorgeous!.
The black community confined to the hills up there in a small Ohio town is made, through centuries of social conditioning, to treat themselves as different and separate from the white people. What an incredible fact of human psychology that, even if that community doe ...more
I would draw a parallel to classical music. I have heard many classical pieces written in the 20th century, which I disliked. I found many to be discordant. But it is simply a matter of taste. Some of these works have been very highly praised for their originality and creativity by people far mo ...more
I love it.
I don't welcome pain or misery--which is to say, I don't read memoirs, and I don't truck ...more
Here's my review:
I discovered the magic of Toni Morrison’s prose and language ten years ago when I was a freshman in undergrad. The first Morrison work I’ve read was “The Bluest Eye”, which to me was a magical experience; except now with constant re-readings to teach for high school ...more
Eva, the matriarch of the family, at the center of Morrison's novel is an astoundingly strong woman who behaves shockingly at times. Her daughter, Hannah is carefree and promiscuous. Sula, the main character is Hannah's daughter. The reader is introduced to Sula at a young age. She and her best fr ...more
Compared to the other early works of Morrison I have read, Sula was similar, but its characters and ...more
Toni Morrison is a brilliant writer. This isn't my favorite book by her, but its a lovely story... Some bits were a bit dry and uninteresting, but the overall storyline is enjoyable.
I hated Sula. She was a selfish, almost wicked soul. Nel was a bit more innocent but didn't live for herself: i feel like she lived for her mother, her husband, her kids, and Sula.
The demise of Nel and Sula's friendship/sisterhood was predictable to me- esp gi ...more
After watching theJunot Diaz and Toni Morrison conversation that took place in December, which you can watch here.
Junot Diaz and Toni Morrison interview
(It's long but worth it!) I was utterly fascinated by Toni Morrison. She is a name that I have heard my entire life. She was that author that I always said, “Yea, I’ll get around to reading her eventually” Ye ...more
Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters; among the best k ...more