- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Canada; 1st Edition edition (May 8 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307399729
- ISBN-13: 978-0307399724
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.9 x 21.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 299 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #478,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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LONGLISTED 2014 – International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
“This haunting, slender novel is a kind of tiny Rosetta Stone to Toni Morrison’s entire oeuvre.... Morrison has found a new, angular voice and straight-ahead storytelling style that showcase her knowledge of her characters, and the ways in which violence and passion and regret are braided through their lives, the ways in which love and duty can redeem a blighted past.”
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Book Review
“Immaculate.... Beautiful, brutal...perfect prose.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Taut, lacerating…. One of our national literary treasures continues to marshal her considerable talents to draw a deeply moving narrative.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“A deceptively rich and cumulatively powerful novel.... A novel that illuminates truths that its characters may not be capable of articulating.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
About the Author
TONI MORRISON is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, 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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Home is well written, which I would have guessed without even reading it knowing Morrison. My problem is that the story didn't seem to go anywhere or do anything. I understand that it is a story of hope and survival, but the short handed way Morrison handled it was more like she was outlining a book to her publisher than an actual book. We see Frank travelling with a short background/history of him. We see Ycidra as she grows up and moves to Atlanta. That's pretty much it. Two loosely connected stories brought together in the end, with Morrison trying to shock the reader into a jaw dropping moment.
A huge fan of Morrison, not a fan of Home at all. Well written, but the story is more of an idea of story rather than the fully fleshed out books and characters she has written in the past. Home is still arguably better than a lot of other stuff out there, but compared to her own written work this one pales in comparison.
When truth intervenes, it arrives with a capital `T' and a capital sentence. Unless Frank does something about it. Face this truth: face his humanity, now undone, and reconstruct it. War, of course, has destroyed that humanity. Ironically, it is loss and death (and that frail sister) that are Frank's only chances of redemption. Home is that place where one's humanity is found --redefined, and no smooth ride will ever take us there.
Still, Toni Morrison's readers travel along. Along sadness, frailness, beauty. Simplicity, which is the way of the skillful. Add power and depth to that simplicity, and you know why this is a work of literature by one of its most brilliant representatives.
Short but packed with emotion
I liked it but wasn't blown away by it. It was finely written. It is detailed and descriptive. It was emotive. But it was maybe a little too lean and sparse to be lyrical or poetic. It wasn't overly complex, making it an easy read, but I also didn't feel that connected with the characters. The way the story switched narrators (almost The Done Thing in current writing!) was well done.
I am trying hard not to compare it to Mudbound by Hillary Jordan but there is a similarity in themes (black poverty in the South, injustice for returned black soldiers) and brevity and I found that Mudbound resonated far more deeply.