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Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
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Song of Solomon (1978)

by Toni Morrison

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Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family's origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.… (more)
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Thanks to everyone who recommended I read this next. fanciful and heartbreaking, a family history and late bildungsroman, just an amazing read full of gripping characters being terrible to each other, and the entitled young man who only seeks out the reasons why because of a treasure hunt... Really this is a stunning novel and should be required reading. ( )
  ThomasPluck | Apr 27, 2020 |
Somewhat beautifully written, but just a rambling hodge-podge of domestic drama. Yawn.

In the introduction, Toni Morrison says words to the effect of "This is my first book that is not a domestic drama". Nope.

Abandoned this 1/4 way through. A plot would have been a good addition to this book. Maybe some reason to read it, too.

EDIT: I now see that I wrote this pretty negative review maybe a couple of hours after Ms Morrison died. Sorry, Toni, that I didn't think much of your book, but Rest In Peace anyway. ( )
  GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
This book will stick with me. Which should maybe rate it four stars. But... I'm torn with this one. Aspects of it, I loved. Others ... Anyway. I still recommend it even if I didn't love it. The writing is superb. The story unique. But ... torn. ( )
  ErrantRuminant | Mar 13, 2020 |
Have you ever felt like your life is an unsolved mystery, full of dispersed, broken parts that need reassembling? Have you ever felt like a sense of truth and order – indeed a sense of God – was far away and like chaos was all too near? That’s the situation that faces the main character in Morrison’s masterpiece.

Milkman Dead – yes, that’s his real name – is confronted by a world in which everything seems like a paradox. His grandfather jumped out of a window on the day he was born. His relatives are named after randomly chosen words out of the Bible (Corinthians, Magdalene/Lena, and Pilate, of all things). His family name is Dead, and his given name (Macon) is shared by his father. Everything is out of order and a seeming contradiction.

However, Milkman never strays far from his home environs. He is a black man living in Michigan in the early twentieth century. He has few, if any, friends because none of them understand his relative wealth. He is held hostage and imprisoned away from the world in this weird bubble of life.

Fortunately, as this story evolves, Milkman comes closer to understanding who he is, who his family is, and what makes the real world work. He becomes alienated from his past and for the first time, embraces what an emancipated, enlightened life looks like.

The action in this book grows and grows all the way to the last sentence. It helped to win Morrison a Nobel in Literature. Any reader who spends the couch change to buy this book and the hours necessary to make sense of the piece will be bountifully rewarded by understanding herself or himself better as they embark on the journey with Milkman. ( )
  scottjpearson | Jan 25, 2020 |
Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.
  Gmomaj | Oct 26, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Morrison, Toniprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beek, RonaldTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cavagnoli, Francasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Criado, CarmenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edlund, Mårtensecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guiloineau, JeanTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaplan, MarthaAuthor Photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rué, SylvianeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thigpen, LynneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Verhagen, PietTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The fathers may soar / And the children may know their names
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The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance agent promised to fly from Mercy to the other side of Lake Superior at three o'clock.
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