There are many, many things I loved about this book, one of which being how incredibly unpretentious it is. It doesn't try to woo you into reading it, the first few pages I had to read 4 times to understand what was happening (that could also be because English is a 5th language). I remember I almost threw the book the side to be honest, but no sooner had I passed that little hickup I got my reward. That was the one time I was happy to have my stubborn streak concerning books (i find it hard to start and not finish one).
That being said I do want to share that this book does have a dak element to it which of course was part of its appeal to me. It's not horror story/serial killer dark (even though there is a dose of that) or paranormal dark (even with the voodoo in the book) but a more frighteningly insidious and realistic darkness which we all share. The type that if allowed fills the heart of the average man or woman eats away at the soul until the person is left only as a shadow of themselves. There are copious amounts of greed, selfish intentions, hate upon hate, wild chaotic minds (could be madness), deed deep hurts and immeasurable cruelty and hopelessness.
In all that, however, there are also reflections of the purest of love and evidence that man is always meant to be master of his own destiny.. The time period I suppose is also ripe a book filled with family skeletons and individual's dark attics _ its set from 1918 onwards.
Song of Solomon is a rich book filled with real people who lived in teh slave perios of America. I loved it and since its been something like 3 years since I read it, I think I'll pick it up again.