Review: Morrison’s Sula

Toni Morrison

Morrison’s second novel. Like every one of her works that I have read, it’s a masterpiece. I really have nothing new to say about one of America’s greatest novelists except to say that what stuck me about Sula was how fully formed the characters are, even those whose appearances are brief, and how through the development of these complex characters Morrison not only tells her story, but gives you a deep sense of what the Bottom is like. The entire novel is a study in economy of language – Morrison fits so much into a pretty slim novel – but you’ll notice she spends almost all her time on her characters, and not on the physical description of the Bottom in doing so she shows us that a community is a collection of individuals, complex, fraught, individuals, as much as it is a place.

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  1. indiefan20

    I loved Toni Morrison’s book ‘Home’ and I want to read everything she’s read, but I feel like I need to be in the right mindset. ‘Home’ was HEAVY and my mom said ‘Beloved’ basically scarred her for life. 😛

    1. seanv2

      Yeah, I’d say none of Morrisons books are light, but there’s real hope in them, including in Beloved, I think.

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