Song of Solomon
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An official Oprah Winfrey’s “The Books That Help Me Through” selection • The acclaimed Nobel Prize winner transfigures the coming-of-age story with this brilliantly imagined novel. Includes a new foreword by the author.
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. As Morrison follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, she introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized Black world.
“Morrison moves easily in and out of the lives and thoughts of her characters, luxuriating in the diversity of circumstances and personality, and revelling in the sound of their voices and of her own, which echoes and elaborates theirs.” —The New Yorker
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Toni Morrison’s incandescent third novel begins with the birth of Milkman Dead and traces his epic journey from small-town Michigan to rural Virginia. As Milkman explores the twisted roots of his family’s history, he travels down a path of obsessive love, bitter rivalries, and more than one ghost. At its heart, Song of Solomon is a lyrical coming-of-age saga, but it feels profoundly intimate even as it goes big, exposing the deep psychic wounds inflicted on generations of African Americans by enslavement and racism. In Morrison’s legendary hands, Milkman’s extraordinary story of discovery and betrayal pulsates with life.
She’s one of one. Found this on a list of banned books and thought I’d give it a read. I’m happy I did. Compelling, thought-provoking.
Toni Morrison has once again graced her fans with her masterful story telling skills. The deep weaving of fictional and historical facts of the characters, locations and raw emotions throughout this tale is thought provoking.
And to think this wonderful author's book was placed on the banned list..? Philistines!
Some parts of this is not in the book