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Home by Toni Morrison
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Jun 20, 2012

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, political
Read from June 19 to 20, 2012

Toni Morrison has a remarkable ability to say much in few words. Some of the themes come through immediately while others wait to come together until the very final pages. Frank is relatable from the beginning as a broken man, fighting his demons of growing up in a poverty-stricken world, trying to protect his family (i.e. his sister) and horrifying memories of war. Cee's journey is more subtle, from cringing young girl to woman determined to make up her own mind about herself and take responsibility for her own life, not just letting her circumstances make decisions for her. The reality of war clouds everything with Frank, including his interactions with others upon returning home. The effect of having no kind mother figure for guidance is prominent in Cee. And Lily faces her own battle with being true to herself in a world that does not even view her as a person worthy of buying property. Themes of poverty, war, childhood development, responsibility, racism and a broken economy are never-ending, having application to any period in our timeline. The question at the end of it all is: what do we choose to do with it?

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