Jul 15, 12
Read in July, 2012
I purchased and 'read' Home as an audiobook and I think that was a mistake. Morrison's writing is largely about the subtle hints that you find written between the words on the page and I wasn't able to pick up on as much of that because I didn't have the words in front of my face. I would definitely pick this book up again and read it with eyes because the larger themes are so beautifully and subtly crafted. For instance, Frank, who is a soldier, returns home from the Korean War and must grapple with PTSD. When he remembers, with horror, molesting a little girl and then shooting her, the reader is left somehow not hating Frank. The imagery sticks with you and you can't help but see the girl, with perfect clarity, in your mind's eye. Frank's complexity is only deepened when he fights hard to save his younger sister, who sets out to make a career but gets into trouble when a wealthy doctor in another town conducts eugenics experiments on her without her knowledge. The big themes are heartbreaking and instructive because they stay with you long after the story is done. Beautifully crafted writing, but ultimately not audiobook material.