christi, December 4, 2006 (view all comments by christi)
This story reminds me of how I feel about Victorian artifacts - there's something so creepy, so death-obsessed about it all, but something about it makes me want to see more and more. In the manner of Morrison, this story revolves around the mystical - a child returns home from her deathbed in full body and flesh - but that's not the even really the bones of the story. Some novels deal with the effects of slavery in a master/slave narrative, but Morrison, like Alice Walker, likes to dig deeper into the effects slavery has on the human spirit, on the ability to see others as human and in the heirarchy of quasi-power it creates. Haunting, frightening, beautiful.
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Toni Morrison's magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel--first published in 1987--brought the unimaginable experience of slavery into the literature of our time and into our comprehension.
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