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Sula (original 1973; edition 2004)

by Toni Morrison

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Title:Sula
Authors:Toni Morrison
Info:Vintage (2004), Paperback, 192 pages
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Sula by Toni Morrison (1973)

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I received this book for free through a complimentary Quarterly Literary Box.

After hearing much about her, I have finally read a book by Toni Morrison. I really enjoyed this book. The way Morrison writes is so beautiful. She definitely has a way with words.

The story itself was interesting. Sula and Nel together were so interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a female friendship quite like that before. Sula had this ethereal quality about her that was really captivating. ( )
  jessicadelellis | Jun 22, 2017 |
1973 book for my birthday challenge (reading a book published from each year I've been alive). Sula is the second Toni Morrison I've read (after The Bluest Eye quite some time back).

It's a memorable novel. Sula and Nel are childhood friends, and also as adults, until Sula does something to split them apart. Several interesting and complex characters in this story.

I admit I read this without trying to find any underlying themes and symbolism that Morrison seems to be best known for. My feeling is that Toni Morrison has high expectations for her readers, and I'm unsure whether I met them in reading this novel. I did appreciate the portrayal of how life was like in small-town America for most African-Americans, and how complex friendships and family can be. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Mar 31, 2017 |
I always think I should like Toni Morrison books and each time I read one I remember why I dislike them. I hate the supernatural fiction. For example, in this book there are 3 boys who are all named Dewey and they never grow up and people can't tell them apart, even though they don't look similar or are even the same age. Also the book talked so much about sex. It seems like the main characters are just having random sex all the time. After I finished reading the book I was left with the feeling "What did I just read? None of it makes sense" ( )
  KamGeb | Sep 24, 2016 |
I just reread this--the first time was when I was 19. What struck me most was how little I recognized how transgressive it is the first time around. At 19, Sula's behavior seemed unconventional but I couldn't relate to the reactions of the townspeople. Now grown, with children, married, can I fully appreciate what Toni Morrison was exploring and I am awed by it. ( )
  ltfitch1 | Jun 5, 2016 |
Toni Morrison presents a fascinating, complex, and complicated portrait of life in a racially-divided small Ohio town from 1919-1965. What I found poignant was that the reader meets the African-American residents of this community on their own terms, without a framing gaze to define them. It also challenged me to remember the racial tension that was evident in the small, eastern Ohio town where I spent many summers with my great grandmother; something that hadn't entered my thoughts in a long time. I'm grateful to Toni Morrison, and her beautiful writing, for bringing about this reflection.

This book also presents a feminist-leaning perspective on relationships (especially between females), and the choice to accept or reject society's expectations on you, as well as the ramifications of that choice. This book caused me to reflect on my own childhood and the relationships I had with female friends, and how those relationships have grown and changed. How have my choices impacted my own perspective of my hometown and the people I grew up with? ( )
  BooksForYears | Apr 1, 2016 |
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'Nobody knew my rose of the world but me.... I had too much glory. They don't want glory like that in nobody's heart."

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It is sheer good fortune to miss someone long before they leave you. This book is for Ford and Slade, whom I miss although they have not left me.
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In that place, where they tore the nightshade and blackberry patches from the roots to make room for the Medallion City Golf Course, there was once a neighborhood.
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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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