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Sula by Toni Morrison
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Dec 29, 11


It's been a long time since I read Toni Morrison. Having just finished Sula, I have a feeling I may change my rating to 4 stars after I read another of her works. I read it in a day but had trouble concentrating/remembering who was who & struggled to find relevance in the characters for the first third of the book. I was surprised at the amount of time Morrison spent setting up the "Bottoms", the families, and the residents in such a short book. I'm still not sure how necessary some of it was. That said, it is amazing how much she packed into the last two-thirds of the book.

As demonstrated by Sula and Nel, a life-long friendship between two women is often a difficult and elusive thing, especially when there are terrible secrets, dysfunctional childhood role models, and societal disadvantage. What sort of moral example did either of the girls have to follow? Is it really any surprise that they did what they did as adults?

Great discussion book. Highly recommended for adult book discussion groups.
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