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 imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or... show more
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 García Márquez. 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.
Publish date: June 8th 2004
Pages no: 337
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, African American
, Magical Realism
Toni Morrison’s novel Song of Solomon deals with the African-American world of the early 1960’s. Milkman Dead is the first black baby to be born in Mercy Hospital. Pampered by the women in his family and his father, a slum landlord who thinks only of his wealth, he leaves home at 32 to find a buried...
This is one of those books that is going to stay with me for a long time. It is not often that a book is simultaneously as charming as it is complex, but Song of Solomon is definitely that.Currently at the top of my favorite books this year.
Loved the passion in this reviewer's voice as she discusses Song of Solomon, although I'm not as enamored with Toni Morrison's stories as she is. I hope it's as good as she said because its on my TBR shelf and one day I will get to it.
wow. i love toni morrison. she makes you work for it, but it is so worth it. i say that knowing that i didn't even understand so much in this book; it's so layered, and the deeper layers i just don't have the background to grasp. as usual, she writes about race, about gender, about society. mor...
After liking Sula, Jazz and even Tar Baby very much, something came amiss here, almost a sort of authorial contempt seeping through the lines--beautifully written as always-- in particular toward the women in the story. I get that SoS is Milkman's story, his odyssey, but save for Lena's magnificent ...