- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: New Amer Library (Mm); Reissue edition (October 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451182375
- ISBN-13: 978-0451182371
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 191 customer reviews
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.
Top Customer Reviews
From the fantastic opening scene - when Robert Smith, the insurance collector, is about to "fly" from the top of a building, some forty, fifty people gathered on the ground to watch. One of them, a woman is standing there, singing, and another woman entering labor - to the ending, this book held my full attention. I just could not put this book down!
In telling this beautiful story, Morrison cleverly mix together elements of magic, myth, and folklore. The style of the book reminds me of the book "One hundred years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez. Both novels share many similarities, and they are books which you have to "think" while reading them.
The characters in "Song of Solomon" are each very well developed. It is almost as if you know them all personally and one cannot help but to care deeply for them all. This is the only book I have read by Toni Morrison that features a male lead. I wouldn't know, but based on the opinion of other reviewers on Amazon.com Morrison masters the task of "being male" perfectly well.
"Song of Solomon" is considered to be Toni Morrison's masterpiece, and the novel is one of my all-time favorites. If you read only one novel by Toni Morrison, it should be this one!
My favorites of hers are The Bluest Eye and Beloved. The suspense and depth of both of these books were sustained right to the finish. They were, frankly, epic novels, and each of Morrison's books is very, very different from the others...talk about a great writer!
However,Song of Solomon, I felt, deteriorated because it became too DIDACTIC. I like my fictional politics acted out; this book began to feel preachy. As a Jewish woman, I can understand why African American readers could be thrilled by this. We (African Americans, Jews, women) need outspoken champions of our struggles, and as a woman and a Jewish person I am always cheered at courageously radical protest that encompasses my personal/political concerns. However, GREAT (read: lasting) fiction generally does not do this. It subverts through action and seduction. If it's too blatant, it becomes more of a political tract than a novel, and often doesn't pass the test of time. (It's as if Morrison stopped writing the novel's story for a section of it in order to insert specific political ideas she wanted to make sure she got across.)
However, if you had to choose between Danielle Steele or any Tony Morrison book, I would exhort you to choose the latter. You will learn about life, love, racism, and, finally, good writing.
This is one of my three all-time favorites (the other two being Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses" and Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" - the three share many similarities.) There is already a body of literary criticism on this book so I'll make one comment:
Through what I admit to be an irrational prejudice I tend to read male authors; one reads novels to identify with the characters and this is easier done when there is no gender gap. The incredible thing about Solomon, however, is the amazing authenticity of the two complex male leads: Milkman and Guitar. The internal turmoil, confusion, chaos, search for manhood, all are perfectly done. This is a beautiful, complex, perfectly accurate piece of writing.
These characters are developed against (and as part of) a background of race and racism, society and clasism, rich vs. poor, North vs. South, frivolity vs. idealism, all woven in an amazing literary tapestry. A masterpiece. Hypnotizing. Compelling. I've read it three times. I couldn't recommend it more highly.