Don't ask me how long this one's been on the pile... ^^;;;;Morrison, Toni. Sula. 1973. New York: Plume, 1982.Summary
: The story of two friends growing up in the black Ohio community of Bottom, Nel Wright and Sula Peace.Comments
: Ah, what's to say about Toni Morrison that hasn't already been said before...and in much, much better prose than I could ever? Actually, I was a bit surprised; Sula
kind of felt like Morrison "lite," especially when compared to The Bluest Eye
. Though there is the occasional experimental passage, for the most part the prose is precise and accessible. If anything, I thought there were times where Morrison explicitly explained too much--such as the emasculation in the face of white power that black men feel, or the way in which Irish immigrants would violently abuse blacks in order to reinforce their identity as white. Though in many ways the themes here are familiar territory, the female solidarity between friends of the same age, Nel and Sula, is the main point of the novel. Indeed, it's a strongly feminist--heck, if not lesbian (I could easily do a homoerotic reading here)--argument that Morrison advances. After all, what's the point of willfully being doubly oppressed, first as blacks in white society and second as women by black men? Not to mention that the women allow their desire for men to get in the way of the friendship that they do not even realize until the very end that is what they crave most profoundly. Oh, and Shadrack and his National Suicide Day need to be enshrined in the hall of Great and Unforgettable Moments of Literature. Notes
: trade paperback, 2nd printingRating
- Not Morrison at her best, but...well, even at her worst she's better than most.