Song of Solomon (2019)

Song of Solomon Toni Morrison Song of Solomon 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 With this brilliantly imag
  • Title: Song of Solomon
  • Author: Toni Morrison
  • ISBN: 9781400033423
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
Song of Solomon Toni Morrison 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 With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming of age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel Garc a M rquez As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to theMilkman 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 With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming of age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel Garc a M rquez As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family s origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.
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  1. Rowena

    He walked there now strutted is the better word, for he had a high behind and an athlete stride thinking of names Surely, he thought, he and his sister had some ancestor, some lithe young man with onyx skin and legs as straight as cane stalks, who had a name that was real A name given to him at birth with love and seriousness A name that was not a joke, nor a disguise, nor a brand name Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon There s so much to say about this book Someone described it as kaleidoscopic and [...]

  2. Barry Pierce

    Almost four whole months into 2015 and I ve finally read my first four star book You can always trust Toni Morrison to deliver even when you think all hope is lost I think Song of Solomon is my favourite Morrison novel thus far This novel just flows with greatness I feel that I enjoyed this book than let s say, Beloved, because the time period in which this is set the 1930s through to the 60s is an era with which I m relatively familiar She references the murder of Emmett Till and the rise of M [...]

  3. Dolors

    Have you ever considered the historical heritage and the intrinsic meaning of your name and surname What is a proper noun if not a word that carries concentrated quintessence to depict oneself Aren t people named after parents or grandparents paying homage to their own ancestry somehow There is something miraculous about the past that the future lacks All nations, maybe even the whole mankind, have managed to transform thousands and millions of particular fictions created by individual beings in [...]

  4. Aubrey

    4.5 5There s something to be said for stories Beyond all the talk of clich s, the bemoaning of stereotypes, the intricate and obsessive breakdown of the latest wave of hyped up mass media extravaganza that has managed to aggressively worm its way into the mob conscience Beyond the deep seated resignation at puzzle piece popularity.I don t have anything against the forthright advocates of analysis at all levels of fiction Far from it I simply believe that there is a time when one is able to put t [...]

  5. brian

    my second toni morrison and, again wow song of solomon kind of impossible to do an all encompassing book report, so this while reading i returned again and again to the recent genocide in the former yugoslavia to the first time rape had been charged as a war crime to rape as a means of ethnic cleansing now think about this to cast such shame on the women who were raped and the men who were powerless to act so as to prevent continuation of the family to leave behind a legacy of tragedy and brutal [...]

  6. Jen

    One of my absolute favorites, partly for the following You can t own a human being You can t lose what you don t own Suppose you did own him Could you really love somebody who was absolutely nobody without you You really want somebody like that Somebody who falls apart when you walk out the door You don t, do you And neither does he You re turning over your whole life to him Your whole life, girl And if it means so little to you that you can just give it away, hand it to him, then why should it [...]

  7. Jeffrey

    Toni Morrison is perhaps the most important writer living today and Song of Solomon is perhaps the best novel of the last 50 years of American life Despite the high standing of both novel and author, there are many that chide both for delving too far into the world of African American mythology The book, according to a reviewer on this very website, bitterly states that Song of Solomon is fable than novel Attempting to paint the novel as fable undercuts its central mission to highlight the impo [...]

  8. Zanna

    Milkman s father, the man with the weird name and mysterious past, teaches his son to own things His sister is wild , she inhabits the opposite pole Ownership does not occur to her When a kind woman brings her cherry jam on white bread, she weeps because the fruit she loves for the taste of sun and earth exploding, the feel of stalk and stone and bark scraped knees, has lost these elements that forge the relationships between self and world and being that have nothing to do with property, lines [...]

  9. Ken Moten

    Retrospective for a Flying Man My first reading of Toni Morrison was nothing short of amazing, this book does so much, so well, so easily We learn about three to four generations of one family and, in fact, one culture I won t be beating around the bush in this review Though Macon Milkman Dead III was the default protagonist, he was also my least favorite character The natural woman superwoman Pilate was my second favorite character because she knew how to navigate time and space in her own way [...]

  10. Amanda

    This is the first 5 star read of the year that wasn t a reread I m really surprised and relieved that my first Toni Morrison was a huge success I had assumed that her books would be too dark for me and I think some of them might be , but SOS turned out to be just the right book for me This novel has a parcel of amazingly odd characters who you want to hear and about I would classify this as magical realism because the idea of magic hovers all throughout this text The main plot of this novel is [...]

  11. Rich

    I would like to have given a lower rating because I simply did not enjoy the read, but there is a value to this book that I cannot deny Powerfully written, and has great cultural insight and thought But really, I couldn t relate very well perhaps that is the point in many cases I can t explain it much better without spending time looking at it again than I d like to, so I ll leave it at this I felt enlightened I felt like shit All without feeling very invested.

  12. Cheryl

    In these brief moments I have of electricity and internet, through this Irma craze, I present my reading thoughts Fly and mercy, Toni Morrison writes in the foreword of this book Both terms are central to the narrative flight as escape or confrontation mercy the unspoken wish of the novel s population Flight as a theme was abundantly clear to me at first read Pilate, the shunned woman without a navel, who uses flight as a means of survival Macon Dead, her money conscious brother who uses flight [...]

  13. Bill Khaemba

    For years I have heard Morrison s name float around, all the praises of how she approaches important social issues through a historical lens and I was so excited when I finally got my hands on this book.Following a black middle class family through a pivotal moment in America history, we zoom in and explore the complex interactions with each other and the community Through the last born s perspective, the reader uncovers some dark unsettling secrets that have haunted the family for generations a [...]

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  15. Dan

    Toni Morrison is an absolute master of prose rhythms and this book is beautifully written It reads like great literature and one can see why she s deserving of her nobel prize But I had a serious problem with this book which I read over ten years ago so forgive me if my memory of it is vague The first three quarters of the book are terrific Written in a realistic style and capturing the modern lives of its characters The final section of the book suddenly turns into a fable, and the main charact [...]

  16. Josh

    I love Toni Morrison, I really do, but this book reads like a standard lemon of a workshop story every character has both an eccentric name and some striking characteristic This one has no navel, and this one is supernaturally lucky, and this one jumps off of buildings And there is none of the assured economy of either Beloved or my personal favorite, Jazz Here, we have to get every detail about every damned thing until I feel like I m choking on the stuff of the book.

  17. Donna Ho Shing

    Toni Morrison can do no wrong I love her writing Reading her work is such an ethereal experience The words sing to me, they lift me up, transport me to another plane Her writing is music to my ears Oh how I loved Solomon s Song Intoxicating She tells stories like none other.

  18. Momina Masood

    The fathers may soarAnd the children may know their namesWhat a book What an incredible journey I cannot possibly review this book it has me completely speechless What a pleasure to partake in Milkman s journey, to be introduced to characters like Pilate, and to be reminded that one can fly if only one tries enough This is my first African American and Morrison novel, and I m so glad we ll be doing her next semester Ecstatic and eager to fish out gems from this novel Only hope the instructor doe [...]

  19. Vani

    Toni Morrison s Song of Solomon is an interesting read in magical realism Through its protagonist, Macon Dead III aka Milkman, and three generations of the Dead family I know that s a strange name to have , the reader is introduced to the life of African Americans and how centuries of racism, oppression and subjugation has affected the psyche of these people Milkman is on a quest to find hidden gold when he accidentally stumbles upon his family s past It not only helps him understand his people, [...]

  20. Katie

    I have read a couple of Toni Morrison s other novels, but this is the by far the best I have read This is a stunning tale of self discovery that follows the lives of a black family living in Michigan The majority of the narrative revolves around Milkman, the first black child born at Mercy Hospital, and the son of a prominant and wealthy businessman To escape the town and threat of death by the hand of his scorned lover and cousin, Hagar, he goes on a quest for treasure He may not find what he i [...]

  21. Gorfo

    The fathers may soarAnd the children may know their namesWhen I learned that school would be forcing me to read Song of Solomon I whined and groaned and cursed the name of Toni Morrison to the high heavens I had already entered the strange and mysteriously poetic world of Toni Morrison to no avail, and I didn t believe that this book would be any better However, I was WRONG, and now that I have finished the novel I find myself forced to bite my tongue and retract all previous negative statements [...]

  22. Simbarashe

    A great book One of a kind A time it seems strange, how it s jumping to different time and in and out of people s thought But asI read on I began to see and appreciate the style of writing.

  23. Kirstine

    I d just finished reading this and was sitting in my bed, pondering the story, when I picked up my phone and opened twitter First thing I saw was the name Till, which seemed so familiar until I realized I d read it in the book I d just finished.First I thought it was a bizarre coincidence that twitter would be talking about another murdered black boy with the name Till, but it s the same one from 1955 Turns out the woman, who told the court that Emmett Till had verbally and physically threatened [...]

  24. Bruce

    Morrison s novel gripped me Not only is it written creatively and eloquently in terms of language, it is also compelling in terms of plot and, underlying that, sociology The picture provided into particular black history and culture is riveting Morrison s technique of using current family and family dynamics to unearth and explore background issues both historical and psychological is effective, and the narrative unrolls in ways unexpected yet persuasive Having just read Faulkner s Light in Augu [...]

  25. Rebecca

    This book takes me back to my college English classes, when I read so many books that were rich in beautiful language but poor in plot and action There s no doubt that Morrison is a gifted writer, especially when it comes to down to earth, authentic dialogue Her writing is poetic and lyrical without being abstract or fussy she describes real things, disgusting things, sadness and passion with an intense energy and verbal power But the plot of this book didn t grab me I remember enjoying The Blue [...]

  26. Afro Madonna

    HOLY FUCK THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK NOW AND I DO NOT CARE ABOUT ANY OTHER BOOK Wow Wow So many different emotions and I can t even sift through them enough to even emerge coherent This book is ingenuity in its purest form and I do not think any words of mine could completely encapsulate how perfect it was.Flawless Victory Toni Morrison.

  27. Inderjit Sanghera

    Song of Solomon is a coalescement of a variety of different literary styles a pinch of magic realism with a dash of Faulkner, synthesised with African folklore and the Western narrative form, leaves us with a style which is both a synthesis of various influences and wholly original Song of Solomon follows the story of Milkman Dead, an insouciant and at times conceited young man, whose birth coincides with the suicidal attempt of flight by the lachrymose salesman, Mr Smith, whose attempts to fly [...]

  28. AuntieTerror

    Macon Milkman Dead III isn t the most lovable main character one could encounter once he has grown into an adult, to say the least Most of the other characters around him aren t, either, though, which Milkman feels keenly but never is interested in the why until very late in the book.His only real friend Guitar is the one to get him into contact with his ousted aunt, his father s younger sister, and her daughter and granddaughter And only there does he first hear about the history of his family [...]

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