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Home by Toni Morrison

Home (edition 2012)

by Toni Morrison, Christine Laferrière (Traduction)

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Authors:Toni Morrison
Other authors:Christine Laferrière (Traduction)
Info:Christian Bourgois Editeur (2012), Broché, 151 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:littérature américaine

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Home by Toni Morrison

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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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    Louve_de_mer: Pour les problèmes de ségrégation raciale aux États-Unis.
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72. Home by Toni Morrison
2012, 148 page Kindle ebook
read Nov 4-17
Rating: 4 stars

Korean veteran Frank Money, called Smart by his friends, gets a note that his sister, Cee, has died. Somehow he knows this means she needs help. He leaves his girlfriend in Washington state and heads south with just a little money, to make his way to his hated hometown in rural Georgia.

He his haunted by his Korea days. As he travels to find and help his sister, he works through his memories and interacts with several chance helpers along the way, all within the black community. It's an Odyssey of sorts.

This is the first Morrison that I have actually enjoyed since Beloved. It's not as complex or ambitious as her great books. Instead it was just a pleasant place to spend some time. I liked Frank and enjoyed his experiences and felt bad about his troubles. ( )
  dchaikin | Nov 24, 2015 |
Not a bad book, but I didn't see a compelling reason for it to be written. If this was a debut book, I would maybe have liked it more - but it certainly won't stick with me like beloved or the bluest eye did. To me it seemed like she was writing this just to write. ( )
  abbeyhar | Apr 2, 2015 |
This isn't a very long book, and it isn;t very hard to read, but it packs a punch - but it is surprisingly hard to put a finger on exactly why that is. Frank & Cee are brother & sister in the south. He escapes the deadbeat town by heading off to the Army and Korea. Cee gets into all sorts of scrapes, having always had her bog brother to look after her, she heads straight off the rails without him and ends up in a bit of a pickle.
Cee's problem gets to Frank by a letter and he duly turns up to save her. But this time he can't out it right on his own and so they return to the small town that he hated so much. As time has passed, his experience of the town is much altered, and both of them show a sense of growth as people and the relationship between them changes. There is not a great deal of information in here, and you don't always know what is happening, or that what you do hear is the truth. But it is a compelling read. ( )
  Helenliz | Jan 28, 2015 |
This is an account of an African-Americans soldier's return home from the Korean war and his inability to come to terms with the horrors he had experienced until he receives a call to come to his sister's aid. The writer creates a vivid picture of the struggles experienced by Frank and Cee with compassion. ( )
  HelenBaker | Jan 4, 2015 |
A bit disappointed with this one. Morrison's natural talent for story-telling carries the novel, but there is a noticeable lack of depth and beautiful prose. Probably my least favorite of Morrison's, although I did enjoy the story and thought there was potential, just that the supports of the story (prose, diction, symbolism, syntax) did not form the rooted, steady foundation found in most of Morrison's work. ( )
  gvenezia | Dec 26, 2014 |
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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.
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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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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