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ISBN13: 9781400033423
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If the only book you've read by Toni Morrison is her Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Beloved, you're missing out. Known for her powerfully evocative prose, her grand mystical tales steeped in black history, her haunting (and haunted) characters, Morrison is an author whose body of work demands attention. Her third novel, Song of Solomon — Barack Obama's self-proclaimed favorite book — is a magnificent, epic story following Macon "Milkman" Dead, along with an assortment of characters whose lives touch, and at times endanger, his own. Violence and a palpable fear of injustice pervades the people of this book, set in Michigan in the '30s through the '60s. But moreover, as the many characters emerge in full color for both Milkman and the reader, Song of Solomon is a book of awakenings, and a tale of one man's journey from defiance to action.
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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.

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"Morrison is a terrific storyteller....Her writing evokes the joyful richness of life." Newsday

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"Toni Morrison is an extraordinarily good writer....One closes the book warmed through by the richness of its sympathy, and by its breathtaking feel for the nature of sexual sorrow." The Village Voice

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"Toni Morrison has created a fanciful world here....She has an impeccable sense of emotional detail. She's the most sensible lyrical writer around today." The Philadelphia Inquirer

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"A marvelous novel, the most moving I have read in ten years of reviewing." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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"A rhapsodic work....Intricate and inventive." The New Yorker

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"With an ear as sharp as glass [Morrison] has listened to the music of black talk and uses it as a palette knife to create black lives and to provide some of the best fictional dialogue around today." The Nation

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"Morrison moves easily in and out of the lives and thoughts of her characters, luxuriating in the diversity of circumstances and personality...." The New Yorker

About the Author

Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey.

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Ronald Taylor, March 28, 2009 (view all comments by Ronald Taylor)
I re-read "Song of Solomon" quite frequently and am always taken aback by the book's power. It is a novel about coming-of-age and of self-discovery. But it is that and much, much more: In telling the tale of Milkman Dead and all of those that he comes in contact with, Morrison relates the story of not only Black America, but also the human spirit.

"Song of Solomon" is a complex story that borrows from history, African mythology (The Mwindo Epic of the Congo) and the rich tradition of American Literature. No other contemporary American novelist can compete on the same level as Morrison. Her writing is believable, insightful and always lyrical. "Song of Solomon" is clearly a must for any English professor's list of great reads.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400033423
Author:
Morrison, Toni
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 0.7 in 0.72 lb

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Product details 352 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400033423 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

If the only book you've read by Toni Morrison is her Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Beloved, you're missing out. Known for her powerfully evocative prose, her grand mystical tales steeped in black history, her haunting (and haunted) characters, Morrison is an author whose body of work demands attention. Her third novel, Song of Solomon — Barack Obama's self-proclaimed favorite book — is a magnificent, epic story following Macon "Milkman" Dead, along with an assortment of characters whose lives touch, and at times endanger, his own. Violence and a palpable fear of injustice pervades the people of this book, set in Michigan in the '30s through the '60s. But moreover, as the many characters emerge in full color for both Milkman and the reader, Song of Solomon is a book of awakenings, and a tale of one man's journey from defiance to action.

"Review" by , "Morrison is a terrific storyteller....Her writing evokes the joyful richness of life."
"Review" by , "Toni Morrison is an extraordinarily good writer....One closes the book warmed through by the richness of its sympathy, and by its breathtaking feel for the nature of sexual sorrow."
"Review" by , "Toni Morrison has created a fanciful world here....She has an impeccable sense of emotional detail. She's the most sensible lyrical writer around today."
"Review" by , "A marvelous novel, the most moving I have read in ten years of reviewing."
"Review" by , "A rhapsodic work....Intricate and inventive."
"Review" by , "With an ear as sharp as glass [Morrison] has listened to the music of black talk and uses it as a palette knife to create black lives and to provide some of the best fictional dialogue around today."
"Review" by , "Morrison moves easily in and out of the lives and thoughts of her characters, luxuriating in the diversity of circumstances and personality...."
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