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Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
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Mar 12, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: own, fiction, michigan, favorites

Great book. Morrison's writing sometimes borders on poetry and there are some rather profound ideas in her wotk that one could easily miss.

The novel is set in Michigan, my home state, and I know it's fiction and the unnamed town is completely fictitious, but for the life of me I can't stop trying to figure out where this imaginary town would be. I've put way too much thought into this but I just can't help myself and I decided that they lived either in the thumb area or on the westside of the state but then why the reference to Lake Superior on the first page??
Damn it brain . . . it's fiction . . . stop thinking about it . . . just shut up and enjoy the book!
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Toni Morrison
“Truly landlocked people know they are. Know the occasional Bitter Creek or Powder River that runs through Wyoming; that the large tidy Salt Lake of Utah is all they have of the sea and that they must content themselves with bank, shore, beach because they cannot claim a coast. And having none, seldom dream of flight. But the people living in the Great Lakes region are confused by their place on the country’s edge - an edge that is border but not coast. They seem to be able to live a long time believing, as coastal people do, that they are at the frontier where final exit and total escape are the only journeys left. But those five Great Lakes which the St. Lawrence feeds with memories of the sea are themselves landlocked, in spite of the wandering river that connects them to the Atlantic. Once the people of the lake region discover this, the longing to leave becomes acute, and a break from the area, therefore, is necessarily dream-bitten, but necessary nonetheless.”
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

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Hollis This is one of my all-time favourite books: I'm so glad you liked it.

Kristen Very Much!

So what's your 3rd favorite Morrison book now? :-)

Hollis Probably 'Beloved'. I think her 'big three' books are usually taken to be The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved.

message 4: by Jo (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jo it really does border on poetry; I never thought of it until I saw you make mention !

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