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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  10,400 ratings  ·  1,664 reviews
The latest novel from Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison.

An angry and self-loathing veteran of the Korean War, Frank Money finds himself back in racist America after enduring trauma on the front lines that left him with more than just physical scars. His home--and himself in it--may no longer be as he remembers it, but Frank is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need
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Hardcover, 147 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Knopf (first published April 3rd 2011)
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KFed
May 14, 2012 KFed rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
At this point I've read all of TM's novels, save one -- Paradise -- and that was a novel I at least started and wanted to get through but life got in the way. (Maybe, also, I'd gotten far enough to know it wasn't going to be my scene). As well, I've seen her read three times -- once from A Mercy a year before it was published and again shortly after it was released, with the memories of that earlier reading still ringing fresh in my ears. The final time I heard her read it was from this novel, H ...more
Rowena
“Lotus, Georgia, is the worst place in the world, worse than any battlefield. At least on the field there is a goal, excitement, daring, and some chance of winning along with many chances of losing. Death is a sure thing but life is just as certain. Problem is you can’t know in advance.” - Toni Morrison, Home

The above are the words of an African-American Korean War vet, Frank Money. This novel is about Frank’s journey ‘home’ to Lotus, GA, a place he swore he would never go to again, to rescue hi
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Cheryl
I wanted to dislike this book for its dismal "mood." Hesitant, I wondered whether to continue reading this now, or abandon it for later, when I could bear the thought of stepping back into time with the main character as he visited a traumatic past. I don't quite know how to welcome hopelessness as a thematic undertone and overtone, so this week especially, I didn't know whether I could suffer with Frank as he faced the world with an outlook of disdain and pure agony, remembering when he had no ...more
Tod Wodicka
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Teresa
3 and 1/2 stars

I would never dare to criticize Toni Morrison; I love the way she writes. I love the way she writes in this novella too, but anything I'd say about this book would be subject to how much more strongly I felt about her other novels. (It's the way I tend to rate any author of whom I've read more than one work.) And I admit that if this book were written by any other writer (or if it were the first thing I'd read by her), I most likely would've given it a solid 4 stars.

I especially l
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Algernon

Home is my first book by Toni Morrison: I picked it because it was the easiest to find at the library, and I kept seeing the author's name in my friends reviews. I believe I've stumbled upon something good. If I go by the ratings and the mixed reviews here at Goodreads, I expect I will run out of stars to give when I get to her more notorious novels, seeing as I couldn't give less than five stars on my first experience of the author's work. I could find no real fault with the presentation. Som
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Will Byrnes

Frank is a black Korean War veteran, a year out, suffering PTSD, imprisoned in a mental hospital for actions he cannot remember. He has been engaging in a range of self-destructive behaviors that have led him to this bedraggled state. He had received a letter concerning his sister, “Come fast. She be dead if you tarry,” and must find his way home. There are barriers to be overcome, people who will help, and memories to be relived. One mystery that propels the tale is what happened to cause Frank
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Julie
Toni Morrison never takes the easy way out. She rarely offers closure, she never spares the reader the pain, violence and disappointment that have shaped the black experience in America. Yet her books are never without slices of redemption, compassion and even moments of joy that make the intolerable somehow bearable.

Home, barely weighing in as a novel at 145 pages, packs every one of Morrison's literary themes into its compact format: Jim Crow, sharecropping, strong, independent female characte
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Gregsamsa
I worship this woman and think of Paradise as an almost ideal novel (and not only cuz I lived all up in there), but this latest one is utterly disappointing throwaway fluff. Unless you're a completist fan, DO NOT BOTHER. If you have never read her, I absolutely FORBID you to start with this one.

She stated that she intended to show how hard it was for black soldiers coming back from the Korean war. Yeah, that woulda been cool if she'd given us the tiniest glimpse of that instead of an utterly cha
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Sydney Young
This is a book worth a deeper dig so I've reread it on my Kindle for its highlighting ability. I highly recommend Home to readers and classrooms. Below is a small bit of why I chose it to book review at the Paris Public Library (this Thursday at 6:30, hope you can join me), beginning with the opening quote:

“Whose house is this?
Whose night keeps out the light
In here? Say, who owns this house?
It’s not mine. I dreamed another, sweeter, brighter
With a view of lakes crossed in painted boats;
Of fields
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Judy
Jun 13, 2012 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Toni Morrison fans, women

A new novel by Toni Morrison is always cause for celebration in my world. In her tenth novel, she follows the life of Frank Money who escaped from his small Georgia town by joining the army, as so many disenfranchised young men have done. He fought in the Korean War and returned to America traumatized and troubled, only to find the same old racism under which he had always lived.

Adrift, half crazy, he gets a message that his only sibling is at death's door. So he leaves the only person who has
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Jennifer (aka EM)
This felt like "Morrison-lite." A strong story, and it packed a big emotional punch, but I felt like it lacked the complexity (of language? of structure? of thought?) that is the hallmark of her style - and that truly sets her apart. This either needed to be pared back to a short story (as it is, it's probably close to a novella, not a novel, anyway) - or blown out to a full novel.

Or maybe it just needs to stand for what it is: a minor work, but no less worthwhile a read, because it's Toni Morri
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Roy
– The divine Toni Morrison has been giving us shorter novels to enjoy lately. As with A Mercy, Home comes in at an unintimidating page count. But in this novel, in addition to brevity (it can easily be read over the course of a day if you have some spare time) we are also gifted with greater accessibility. Many non-book readers, and non literary fiction readers, steer clear of Toni Morrison because her exquisite use of language does not make for light reading. Her poetic verse can be challenging ...more
Andre
I read in a review that "Toni never puts language above story." I agree with that statement 100%, and the prioritizing of story is on full display in Home. This is a short book, but very fertile. How can she pack so much, in so thin a volume. The themes she touches on, each could be a full novel on its' own.

Frank Money has returned from the Korean war, with a deep secret. He has covered this secret with mourning the lost of his two best friends, a "mourning..so thick it completely covered my sh
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Nathan
What a wallop of a book. I cannot imagine this novel being any longer and more affecting. Home is a promise in this book of a possible future. It exists in many forms as the characters deal with it in all areas of tense (past, present, future) but I found the idea of Home as representative of person, namely the character of Frank, as the novel's strongest. Frank is trapped inside himself. He is uncomfortable with everything about Frank. This novel uses interstitial chapters switching in to first ...more
Tatjana
Teška tužna priča o veteranu Korejskog rata, siromaštvu širom USA tog doba i pukom preživljavanju ljudi nižeg staleža - viđena surovo realnim očima, koje svedoče i o temama koje se obično zabašuruju. Potresno svedočanstvo jednog doba iz vizure običnog čoveka.
Leshawn
Brief and wonderful! I continue to worship at the altar of Toni Morrison and her unparalleled use of syntax, diction, metaphor and imagery.
Nina
I have read all of Toni Morrison's books save for Jazz and A Mercy. I have even spent time picking them apart in a Toni Morrison Graduate Level Topics Course. A friend of mine and I joke that Toni Morrison, aka The TM, is sometimes TMI. She's an incredible writer and she has the ability to weave several story lines, tropes, and metaphors into her work. As a first year grad student, I found her work to be difficult, but worth the struggle. A lot of my frustration is because of my inability to gra ...more
Connie
Haunted by events in the Korean War, Frank Money is trying to see how he fits back in America. It's especially hard being a troubled black man in a racist society. He has bad memories of his hometown with indifferent, overworked parents and an emotionally abusive stepgrandmother. During their childhood, he was the rock that his younger sister Cee could depend on. When she is gravely ill, he brings her back to their Georgia hometown for healing by a group of independent, caring women. Frank also ...more
Cynthia
A Journey

Frank Money has had a bad war. It’s a few years after he’s returned from Korea and he’s still battling ghosts especially those of the two home town pals he saw die. He’s living with a woman he loves though she’s running out of patience with his frustrating behavior and his inability to find work. Then he gets a cryptic note telling him his beloved younger sister is near death. He sets out to find her. Along the way he suffers flashbacks, racism, inexplicable violence both inflicted on h
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Robert
Toni Morrison's recent novel, Home, illustrates how novels manage to recover pieces of history historians have discarded--the population itself has discarded--and breathe life back into them.



Home is a post-Korean War tale about a brother and sister who grew up in Georgia, poor as dirt, were separated by a conflict neither understood, and then managed to reunite, still poor as dirt, diminished but loyal to their memories of their love for one another as children.



This is a short novel made longer
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Pamela Detlor
Pulitzer and Nobel Peace Prize winning author, Toni Morrison, delivers another raw, honest and moving piece of literature.

“HOME,” is a quick read at only 160 pages. Within those pages there is not one wasted sentence. Morrison, paints a lyrical picture of the African American experience leading up to the Korean War, and the year or so following. The chapters flow easily from present to past and back to present. There are two narrators: The omniscient observer, with interjections from the 1st p
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Sydney Young
I loved this book more than I have loved a book in a long time. There are so many things to discuss about this book that I choose it for my first Book Review at the Paris Public Library on October 4, 2012 at 6:30. This is a short book, so I invite you to read this and come.

I thought I was going to get a "vet returns home" book. I did get that, but so much more. Having grown up on a farm, and in small town, and in the south, this book evoked a lot of memories for me, except through the unique exp
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Benjamin Dancer
Toni Morrison’s HOME is about siblings. It’s about Cee, a young girl who had to be taught her own value. It’s about Frank, a Korean War veteran, who had to learn the hard way, under leaves gone “wild in the glow of a fat cherry-red sun,” what it means to stand as a man.

It’s about honesty.

HOME is about rising above whatever deck of misfortune life has dealt. It’s about claiming yourself. Respecting yourself. Cee learns it through the nursing women who bring her back to health. Through their minis
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Marcos
Reading works by Madame Toni is always like watching an actor on top of their game: A virtuoso performer always looking for ways to trick and surprise the reader with talent and their ability to write prose in ways that are entirely their own. I stopped everything to read her latest, “Home”, which I read and looked for all the ways how this novel’s plot was going to both thicken and surprise me.

“Home” is a gorgeously rendered, lucid and spare work that stands alone as one of the best Morrison r
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Rosemari
I never have time to review anything seriously, but I'm always reading. "Home" was a real disappointment because it read like perhaps a tenth draft for me as a writer, but a first draft for Morrison. I was stunned and need to read it again (how will I find time, so many good books, and trying to write my own!).
I have too much respect for Morrison to accept that this book was as formulaic as I found it. There has to be something else there. Please let me know if you found it. However, I wasn't t
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Emily  O
When I heard that Toni Morrison was coming out with a new novel, I was absolutely excited. I loved Paradise and Beloved (so much so that I've never written a review of either of them) so I pre-ordered a copy of Home as soon as I could. I got my copy yesterday (the release day) and I finished it this morning. I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting, but this novella was different altogether from any of my expectations.

This novella was very different from other Morrison books that I've read. (I
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Mary Lou
Home by Toni Morrison is an inspiring novel written in poetic and powerful prose about Korean war-scarred veteran Frank Money and his sister. The strong bond between them develops in childhood where their grandmother takes out all of her frustrations on the girl, and a grizzly vision of inhumane treatment of an unknown black man etches the children’s minds.

Morrison simultaneously tells about their present and their past, unveiling childhood and young adult experiences. Korea, Portland, Chicago
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Robert Strandquist
Twice I read "Home" because Morrison edits so fiercely. My conjecture is that she writes an opus of circa 400 pages then scratches, claws and pares it down to a terse 147. As a result, readers (at least me) are challenged to piece the puzzle into a whole. My second reading nearly did the trick. The early foreshadows and mere shadows came into sharper focus as the story progressed. Well, all but one. Whose bones do Frank and Cee bury? And, why? My guess is the bones are of the slain father who wa ...more
Barbara
One might view this book as dark and depressing, but Toni Morrison's ability to delve into the core of human existence often reveals the dark underside of life. This novel is no exception, as she exposed the cruel, senseless world of the 1950's racist America.

The story revolves around Frank, a Korean war veteran, who returns to find his manhood and home. It is a tortured tale of his struggles and suffering from his war experiences, his memories of harsh cruelty of others in his life and his devo
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Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford), is an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."

Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters; among the best k
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“Whose house is this? Whose night keeps out the light In here? Say, who owns this house? It’s not mine. I dreamed another, sweeter, brighter With a view of lakes crossed in painted boats; Of fields wide as arms open for me. This house is strange. Its shadows lie. Say, tell me, why does its lock fit my key?” 15 likes
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