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Sula by Toni Morrison

Sula (original 1973; edition 2004)

by Toni Morrison

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Authors:Toni Morrison
Info:Vintage (2004), Paperback, 192 pages
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A brilliant slice of Americana. Morrison blithely works a spell of magic on the "Valley" bringing life and light to her characters. A bygone era when people knew who they were - individuals! ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
I haven't read all of Toni Morrison's books, but I have read several, and this was, by far, the best. She honed the prose to a razor sharp edge that cut you to the core. You felt the characters' breath on your face as they lifted out of the book and into your mind and heart. ( )
1 vote vdunn | Apr 30, 2014 |
I first read this book about 20 years ago, but it only gets richer with every reading. This fable-like story takes place in Meridian, Ohio (a fictional town which may be a play on the fact that the first meridian on the 1819 plat maps was in Ohio). The place where the blacks settled in Meridian is called "the bottom" even though it resides in the hills. It is a place of hard scrabble land an no industry from which the inhabitants might find jobs, nor are they allowed to work even decent paying manual labor. Those jobs are always filled by lower class whites, even when they have to be imported from outside the state. All the well fleshed out characters in this book are women, and are comprised of several generations in two families. With the exception of Sula, none are more than minimally educated. Although Sula is the named character, Morrison does not make her the focus until more than half way through and, to me, she was no more interesting than two of the other characters. Sula is very independent, but she's twisted the idea of independence to suit herself and justly suffers by it. Her grandmother, Eva, and her mother, Hannah, both have independence, too, but they employ it in such different fashions, without injuring others.

This book is so rich and the characters are so unusual and fascinating that I fear spoiling the plot for others. All I dare add is that it is book which should be read with reverence for the incredible craft and power of it. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Mar 24, 2014 |
Excellent, surreal and moving. Morrison's prose is elegant and crushing at once, like little bits of glass hidden in your dinner. A moving story about scorn,love and the way the world drifts around us. ( )
  blanderson | Mar 4, 2014 |
High school and collage are students should give this book a chance. ( )
  June_Clark | Feb 16, 2014 |
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Book Description Publication Date: 1982 | Series: Plume Amazon.com Review: In Sula, Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for literature, tells the story of two women--friends since childhood, separated in young adulthood, and reunited as grown women. Nel Wright grows up to become a wife and mother, happy to remain in her hometown of Medallion, Ohio. Sula Peace leaves Medallion to experience college, men, and life in the big city, an exceptional choice for a black woman to make in the late 1920s. As girls, Nel and Sula are the best of friends, only children who find in each other a kindred spirit to share in each girl's loneliness and imagination. When they meet again as adults, it's clear that Nel has chosen a life of acceptance and accommodation, while Sula must fight to defend her seemingly unconventional choices and beliefs. But regardless of the physical and emotional distance that threatens this extraordinary friendship, the bond between the women remains unbreakable: "Her old friend had come home.... Sula, whose past she had lived through and with whom the present was a constant sharing of perceptions. Talking to Sula had always been a conversation with herself." Lyrical and gripping, Sula is an honest look at the power of friendship amid a backdrop of family, love, race, and the human condition. --Gisele Toueg

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Traces the lives of two African American women from their youth in small-town Georgia, through divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation.

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