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Home by Toni Morrison
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bookshelves: african-american, owned
Read from September 09 to 12, 2012

We're beginning this novel in my African American Literature I class...we'll see how it goes. I am noticing all sorts of things I missed before, so this 3-star rating may change.

In the hands of a lesser author, this book would probably get 4 or 5 stars. For a Morrison novel, I was a bit disappointed. The character Lily completely falls away--one or two chapters devoted to her are superfluous and adds nothing to the story. The plot lacks the deep layers and nuances of her most recent novels--Love, A Mercy, and Jazz, and some parts were downright clunky and obvious, notably the first 2 paragraphs of chapter 10, which, again, in the hands of a lesser author, would have been adequate. For Morrison, the novel overall is a bit heavy-handed and covers territory already explored in Sula--the shell-shocked and PTSD-ridden soldier storyline is explored more deeply and more thoughtfully with Shadrack than Frank.

Overall, it's worth reading, because it's still a novel by Toni Morrison and she always brings a beautiful perspective to even the most down-trodden and weary characters.
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Alicia I have to agree. I was expecting it to add up to something more.


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