I found this a very sad book. The multiple, subtle hints of racism between blacks and whites and, sadly, black to blacks, build up to a disturbing ending. Mysterious, sometimes hard to believe, but always powerful.
A coming of age story of Milkman, an African American boy growing up in a relatively wealthy family. Macon Dead III, aka Milkman, seems to always be surrounded by controversy... either between his parents, among his friends, or with his aunt and her family. He grows up feeling no connection to his family and drifting through an easy life provided by his father's property wealth and his mother's reputation as the doctor's daughter. Milkman embarks on a journey that ultimately helps him find his heritage and himself... He learns to "fly" on his own.
Morrison never ceases to amaze me! This book explores many different themes, including the richness of the African-American heritage; the importance of discovering family history; coming of age; the thin line between love and hate; incest; the "money-is-the-root-of-all evil" principle; domestic violence; resentfulness among siblings; and racially-motivated violence. A great read! Not her best, but still a rare jewel and must-read.
I really enjoyed this story. It always amazes me how authors like Morrison are able to come up with such amazing details and story lines. She really created an amazing, disfunctional family/community.
Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attmept at flight. For the rest of his life he, too. will be trying to fly. With this brillantly imagined novel, Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison audaciously transfigures the coming-of-age story. 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 world.
I can see why so many people consider this a rich, deep story. I read it in just a few days. The ending was unexpected, and I'm still trying to understand it. This novel and the people in it are unforgettable.