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Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
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Jun 11, 10

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Read from June 08 to 11, 2010

A complex tale dramatically presented addressing race, class, and gender issues as they relate to a white landowner and his family who reside in the Dominican Rebublic, the family's black servants, and a black young woman who was orphaned at age 12, who was subsequently sheltered and educated by the white family who then has to make choices of association and direction in her adult life that are influenced substantially by white values.

Morrison's storyline can be challeging to follow because of the frequent change of voice as the narrator gives way to each character's voice and perspective. The subject matter is also difficult because it exposes repressed rage, violence, arrogance, entitlement, defensiveness, and avoidance as the characters come to terms with their limited choices.

Compelling reading that was well acted on CD.

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