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Home by Toni Morrison

Home (2012)

by Toni Morrison

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I really enjoyed this novella. Morrison's characters are always the best; they are friends to you, enemies to you, precious to you. I loved the ideas about home - how home dictates us to be, how we struggle to be away from home and part of home. And she perfectly shows how one moment can mean many different things to each person who witnesses it. ( )
  barrettlucero | Aug 28, 2019 |
A beautifully written little book full of horrors. I did feel like this was missing something. The characters weren't as well developed as I would have liked and while there was a build-up, it didn't feel like there was a good payoff at the end. ( )
  duchessjlh | Jul 29, 2019 |
A reminder of the brutal violent injustices of racism and the cost of war. The narrated to an outsider form of the central character's section is a bit of a puzzle for me. ( )
  quondame | Dec 19, 2018 |
Ahhh, so nice to lay back in the arms of a masterful novelist and let her massage and rock you into blissful literature. Glorious as always. I tried to drag this one out as long as I could, letting the prose roll in my mouth well past its prime, celebrating perfect sentences chapters later. Such a small gem but sure does pack the desired wallop. ( )
  ambersnowpants | Aug 23, 2018 |
This book is so strange. It is like someone chanting a dark litany. It is rhythmic and short, and all the events in it are almost biblical in proportion. Death and abuse, and yet the voice telling it is so pared back, that it feels slightly unreal. This has a really disturbing scene in it, in the midst of the Korea war.
Someone else said that Toni Morrison books contain invisible writing. And the story of the heavyweight confederate is so barely alluded to, that the simple, naïve words of Cee hide the reality of what is happening. ( )
  kk1 | Oct 19, 2017 |
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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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Morrison, Toniprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoekmeijer, NicoletteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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.
Its shadows lie.
Say, tell me, why does its lock fit my key?
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They rose up like men.
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Ce petit roman envoûtant est une sorte de pierre de Rosette de l' œvre de Toni Morrison . Il contient en essence tous les thèmes qui ont toujours alimenté son écriture . Home est empreint d'une petite musique feutrée semblable à celle d'un quatuor , l'accord parfait entre pur naturalisme et fable .
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