Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon is a work of outstanding beauty and power, whose story covers the years from the 1930's to the 1960's in America. At its centre is Macon Dead Jr, the son of a wealthy black property owner, who has been brought up to revere the white world. Macon learns about the tyranny of white... show more
Song of Solomon is a work of outstanding beauty and power, whose story covers the years from the 1930's to the 1960's in America. At its centre is Macon Dead Jr, the son of a wealthy black property owner, who has been brought up to revere the white world. Macon learns about the tyranny of white society from his friend Guitar, though he is more concerned to escape the tyranny of his father. So while Guitar joins a terrorist group of poor blacks, Macon goes home to the South, lured by tales of buried family treasure. His journey leads to the discovery of something more valuable than gold, his past. Yet the truth about his origins and his true self is not fully revealed to Macon until he and Guitar meet once again in powerful, and deadly confrontation.
Publish date: May 14th 1998
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 ...