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    Far Bright Star by Robert Olmstead (Limelite)
    Limelite: Another war; another man; another exposure to atrocity; another wandering in body and spirit to find oneself, one's fraternal kin, and the meaning of home. Only vastly more brutal, beautiful and poetic.
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    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Louve_de_mer)
    Louve_de_mer: Pour les problèmes de ségrégation raciale aux États-Unis.
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Frank overcomes the demons of his Korean War service to journey back to Georgia to rescue his sister from the eugenics doctor that employs her. Then he faces some of the demons from their impoverished childhood in Lotus, Georgia. ( )
  mojomomma | Sep 6, 2013 |
“Home” by Toni Morrison was a short book and easy to follow. It tells the story of Frank Money, his sister Cee and the lives they led as black Americans living in the South during very difficult times. Frank has always taken care of his sister from childhood, throughout the fleeing from Texas to their grandmother’s house until he is sent to fight in Korea. He returns a different person as many do after the terrors of war, but he still tries to save is sister again but there is an overarching question for me of who really needed saving. The characters in the book are very good, but it is a story with many sub plots for a short novel and connecting with the characters was difficult. It is a story of survival, discrimination, family and relationships. I give it a 3 star rating. ( )
  WeeziesBooks | Aug 14, 2013 |
Frank Money is a broken and traumatized Korean War vet whose inward and outward journeys as he crosses America to return to his boyhood home in rural Georgia is a rich and unforgettable read. From the first page, Morrison, the master, breathes life into Money whose clever escape from a mental hospital sets his feet on path from which there is no return, even though the return home can be nothing but painful for him.

Like a John the Baptist wandering in the desert, or a Pea Eye Johnson wandering in the Montana wilderness, Money begins his journey penniless, shoeless, and utterly dependent on the kindness of strangers – preachers and Pullman porters – who help him navigate the “normal” world of segregated and racist America as he returns to civilian life after his stint in the Army, where he fought in a war that served him its fair share of nightmarish atrocities.

What awaits him at home is his sister Cee, on the verge of death from medical/sexual abuse at the hands of her doctor employer. What remains behind him is the strong-minded, ambitious yet gentle Lily who begins his post-war healing, but who ultimately doesn’t need him and lets him go without a backward glance even though he’s not finished needing her.

The pull of homeplace, a sister whom he’s always cared for, and the necessary resolution of a frightening and mysterious scene they witnessed as children tugs him back to Lotus.

This small novel reads large; it's packed with incident but doesn't read like an "and then" list; the storytelling is rich, deep, and devastating. Frank Money is a pilgrim in his own life who journeys through darkness, gaining hope for the beckoning light. The question is: Will it come to him? ( )
  Limelite | Aug 11, 2013 |
I am not entirely sure what to think about this latest slim novel from Toni Morrison. It has been several years since I have read any of her work - this certainly seemed more straightforward than most of her novels. This is the story of Frank Money, lately discharged from the service after the Korean War, a broken man. He is now on his way back to Georgia to rescue his little sister who is in trouble.

There is alot packed into this novel - it is actually hard to know what the sentinel events really are. Hard to really pinpoint the main crux of the dramatic tension. Is it a book about the ravages of War fare? the abuse of a young girl? a secret buried in their home town? And who the heck is Frank talking to in Morrison's signature italicized first-person passages? This annoyed me some in the end; but with someone of Morrison's skill, it must have been done intentionally. I probably am just too obtuse to appreciate it. A blurb on the back made a parallel to Odessyus.

Anyway, powerful prose as usual and a decent story. I enjoyed it - it is a quick and engaging read. I am not sure I understand exactly what she was getting at; but thats OK. I am ready for her to write a nice long novel again. ( )
  jhowell | Jul 24, 2013 |
Another home run by Toni Morrison. In one short novel, so much is dealt with: PTSD, race issues, loss of loved ones, sexuality, and more. ( )
  glichman | Apr 27, 2013 |
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Like a Toni Morrison primer, Home is a compression of many of the Nobel laureate’s perennial themes of memory, love and loss, uprooting and homecoming. Morrison’s characters struggle to overcome disturbing inner rhythms, caught between trying to exist freely in the world and being captivated by internal demons....

Home does not have the grand, sweeping narrative of Morrison’s best fiction. The story’s many brutal acts... are placed before the reader with so little fanfare as to detract from their power.

The book is also much more linguistically subdued than most of her work, and her grand themes of redemption, homecoming, and self-ownership do not work best on a small scale. Still, slice it anywhere and you will find striking moments, dialogue that sings with life, and the mythic American landscape and its people surviving within it.
added by zhejw | editThe Telegraph, Lucy Daniel (May 24, 2012)
 
“Home” is unusual, not only in that it features a male protagonist but that it’s so fiercely focused on the problem of manhood. The novel opens with a childhood memory of horses that “stood like men.” And as Money makes his way across the country to rescue his sister, he’s haunted by what it means to be a man. “Who am I without her,” he wonders, “that underfed girl with the sad, waiting eyes?” Are acts of violence essentially masculine, or are they an abdication of manliness? Is it possible, the novel finally asks, to consider the manhood implicit in sacrifice, in laying down one’s life?

What Money eventually does to help his sister and to quiet his demons is just as surprising and quietly profound as everything else in this novel. Despite all the old horrors that Morrison faces in these pages with weary recognition, “Home” is a daringly hopeful story about the possibility of healing — or at least surviving in a shadow of peace.
added by zhejw | editWashington Post, Ron Charles (Apr 30, 2012)
 
[I]f Morrison had finished writing the novel she so carefully began, it might have been one of her best in years. But at well under 200 pages with wide margins, Home barely begins before it ends....

Home should be relentless, unsparing, but Morrison relents halfway through, and spares everyone – most of all herself.
added by zhejw | editThe Guardian, Sarah Churchwell (Apr 27, 2012)
 
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Whose house is this?
Whose night keeps out the light
In here?
Say, who owns this house?
It's not mine.
I dreamed another, sweeter, brighter
With a view of lakes crossed in painted boats,
Of fields wide as arms open for me.
This house is strange.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307594165, Hardcover)

Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2012: It takes only a page or two of Home, Toni Morrison’s finely wrought 10th novel, before you find yourself relaxing into the hands of a master. Nobody owns a sentence like Ms. Morrison. Completely at ease in her craft, she spins slender, lyrical prose around a Korean War vet named Frank Money, who retreats into violent memories to escape his fractured present; his sister, Cee, abandoned by her husband and abused by a medical experiment; and the racial, economic, and emotional oppression fostered by their era and situation. In the understated act of saving Cee--he walks calmly into a house and removes her--Frank brings both of them full circle. Nursed by the local women who watched her grow up, Cee emerges robust and newly aware and, as Frank puts it, “mended.” If you pay attention, Home may quietly do the same for you. --Mia Lipman

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