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Oct 7, 2013

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison: #BookReview

Posted by Wendy Ewurum  |  at  10:23 PM

I have not been able to post today because life just got in the way so I apologise. I will have a proper review up next Monday as I could not even review the book I intented to since the reading thereof is not done.
I thought I'd share some thoughts on a book I read many years ago but never got around to telling you about.
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 Garci a Ma 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


If you asked me to unpack the complexities of Song of Solomon, I wouldn't be able to. It's no singular characteristic that makes it challenging and at the same time wonderful, beautiful and special, in fact almost lyrical in prose . It's not the writing style, which by the way is a writing revelation on its own, Morrison's use of words have a quivering effect which continues to vibrate in your mind long after you've read them. You simply cannot forget a conversation between her characters, so authentic are their voices. Its not the story line which  in its genius is convoluted and yet simple, or the many characters and their stories which are in themselves individually complex and often deep and profound. 'Tis all off these coming together to form a very simple but thoroughly engaging narrative. A story crafted with such genius that you find yourself frequently going back as you read because you want to confirm did you really just read that?

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.

 Much love,

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