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Song of Solomon
Too much to say about Morrison and this book for Goodreads; please join me at my website. My piece begins:
In her memorial remembrance of her friend Toni Morrison, Fran Lebowitz observed that "Toni would always take into account the problems that the person you were angry at had." She was speaking of how Morrison behaved as a friend, but a great novelist needs to think the same way when practicing the art.Read more...
Morrison was always insulted by those who called her writing "poetic," and I suspect this sense of the novelist's specific vocation is why: the poet can and should express her own sensibility, but the novelist, populating imagined worlds with imagined people, has to be able to express every sensibility. Hence her rejection of the "feminist" label for her novel Paradise: she said, "I would never write any 'ist.' I don't write 'ist' novels."
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