Song of Solomon Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1993
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The third novel from one America's most powerful writers turns 20 years old in 1997, but Song of Solomon long ago ascended to the top shelf in the ranks of great literature. This Everyman's Library hardcover edition of the Nobel Prize-winning Morrison's lyrical, powerful, and erudite novel contains a chronology that situates the book in its historical context, and an introduction from author Reynolds Price. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
This new version of Morrison's 1977 novel is a fitting reminder of her early creative mastery. Song of Solomon is a powerful, sensual, and poetic exploration of four generations of a family mistakenly named Dead. Told through the eyes of "Milkman," a rare male protagonist in Morrison's wonderful catalog of unforgettable characters, we discover a century's worth of secrets, ghosts, and troubles. Milkman is faced with resolving the differing memories of his parents and his mysterious aunt Pilate, while questioning the historically charged realities thrown at him by the death of real-life victims of racism like Emmett Till as viewed by his lifelong friend Guitar. Lynne Thigpen was born to tell the author's stories, catching every lyrical note and each painful cry. A perfect marriage of author and reader, this will win new audiences and reassure audio veterans that by listening to books one truly can appreciate the magic of storytelling.
-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Readers should not be intimidated by Morrison's Nobel Prize Winner status, as this novel, like most of her others, is written in startling but accessible language. You don't need an advanced degree (or even a specific race or gender) to slip into her magical prose. Her characters are real and fully realized, and feel like friends, even when you might want to shake them to their senses.Read more ›
Evidently though, "Song of Solomon" is more of a communal novel, as seen with the impressive opening chapter with the gathered people viewing the the unfortunate, rough, and yet touching suicide of a local resident. The impressive selection of characters makes it as well planned out as Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio" or anything by William Faulkner.
The best parts of this novel are the bookends - the wonderfully constructed, metaphoric, and chaotic opening chapter, and the gutwretching climax that made me see this book as something quite redeemable. Morrison has a knack for poetic writing, much like Virginia Woolf. The middle layers may not be a strong as the bookends, but it is definitely worth the hours you spend devoted to it, for it is a novel that is unforgettable.
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I found this book to be as enjoyable and substantial as a tub of Crisco. At first glance, the product appears appetizing and delectable. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2010 by peat moss
Song of Solomon fits well into the classic Toni Morrison genre of heart-wrenchingly poetic and painfully beautiful stories, but it is a bit different from her other works at the... Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by J. Karmel
In Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison takes the view - a common one - that we have to know our history to know ourselves. I don't really agree but in this case it makes a great story. Read morePublished on May 16 2004 by -_Tim_-
i highly recommend this book. her writing is absolutely incredible. she "gets it."Published on Dec 8 2003
A MUST READ. IT SHOULD BE MADE INTO A FILM. ONE OF MY FAVORITES. YOU LAUGH, YOU CHEER, YOU CRY. YOU FEEL!Published on Nov. 24 2003 by Kent Browning
This book tells the epic story of a African American family during the early part of the twentieth century. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by Amazon Customer
This book must be read. It's a quick read, hard to put down. The ending is slightly disappointing, however. The protagonist, Milkman, is a real person. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003 by Zammy187