Song Of Solomon

Song Of Solomon

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Random House, Inc.
Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, a novel of large beauty and power, creates a magical world out of four generations of black life in America, a world we enter on the day of the birth of Macon Dead, Jr. (known as Milkman), son of the richest black family in a mid-western town; the day on which the lonely insurance man, Robert Smith, poised in blue silk wings, attempts to fly from a steeple of the hospital, a black Icarus looking homeward...

We see Milkman growing up in his father's money-haunted, death-haunted house with his silent sisters and strangely passive mother, beginning to move outward--through his profound love and combat with his friend Guitar...through Guitar's mad and loving commitment to the secret avengers called the Seven Days...through Milkman's exotic, imprisoning affair with his love-blind cousin, Hagar...and through his unconscious apprenticeship to his mystical Aunt Pilate, who saved his life before he was born.

And we follow him as he strikes out alone; moving first toward adventure and then--as the unspoken truth about his family and his own buried heritage announces itself--toward an adventurous and crucial embrace of life.

This is a novel that expresses, with passion, tenderness, and a magnificence of language, the mysterious primal essence of family bond and conflict, the feelings and experience of all people wanting, and striving, to be alive.

Baker & Taylor
Macon Dead, Jr., called Milkman, son of the richest Negro in town, moves from childhood into early manhood, searching, among the disparate, mysterious members of his family, for his life and reality

Publisher: Knopf, 1977
ISBN: 9780394497846
0394497848
Branch Call Number: MOR

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demonic25
Jul 27, 2016

The beginning is kind of boring, but the end is really good. Keep reading, it gets better!

MarioEnriqueRiosPinot Nov 18, 2014

“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 mean any more to him? He can't value you more than you value yourself.”
― Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon "

I really like this novel.

nicholasflamel Jun 21, 2013

This book is truly magnificent. Morrison's allusions to the unjustified discrimination and violence that African Americans faced over the course of history is vividly implemented into the novel, signifying a unique background that influences a young black man, Macon "Milkman" Dead to go on a journey in search of his identity. Morrison's symbolism, motifs, and unique writing style (magical realism), sways the reader forward as they too will make a journey quite like Milkman's.

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MCinnamon
Mar 18, 2013

An excellent novel, one of the many gems in the Everyman's Library. They publish many nobel prize winners and old classics. Back to this novel, i found the characters rich and unique. The story never bogs down at any time and it was a joy to read. Its about freedom in the north for former black slaves, the work it takes to me an equal among whites, leaving all the southern baggage behind but at a cost of the sence of family. Ony after returning south do they realize what they are missing in their lives.

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tmilini
May 18, 2010

This is an excellent and beautiful story.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

While trying to hide his Southern working class roots Macon Dead, an upper-class black businessman, insulates his family from the danger and despair of the rank and file blacks with whom he shares the neighbourhood. The plan drives his son, nicknamed "Milkman" into the arms of a violent, lower-class woman, and into a clandestine circle of blacks who repay white violence in kind.

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