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Author: Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye (1970), was acclaimed as the work of an important talent, written--as John Leonard said in The New York Times--in a prose "so precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry." Her new novel has the same power, the same beauty. At its center--a friendsh...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780452283862
ISBN-10: 0452283868
Publication Date: 4/5/2002
Pages: 192
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 222 ratings
Publisher: Plume Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Toni Morrison is always a pleasure to read. I read this book for a gender and literature class, so you can be sure that it has a lot to say in that regard. The topics of sexuality, drugs, war, friendship, marriage and motherhood are also examined. This may be a short book, but there is a lot to think about. The characters here are pretty extreme and therefore not really relatable, but they serve their individual purposes well and make you alternately laugh and sigh in disgust. You'll never meet another character quite like Sula, I can promise you that!
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Enchanting and powerful. Got the book for a class and read it in one weekend. Who can resist Toni Morrison?
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I read this book for a literature class and enjoyed it, mainly because I had a teacher who really showed me the wonderful layers of this book. But please be aware, this is Toni Morrison so there will be no flowers and sunshine. However that being said, you'll be treated to fantastic writing and really interesting characters. My attention was more on the side characters than the two women throughout much of this book.
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This is about two best friends from the same background who make different choices.
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"This novel traces the lives of 2 black heroines-- from their growing up together in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation."
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I was actually very disappointed in this highly tauted book. I thought "Beloved" was wonderful, but found this one pretty dry and boring, sorry.
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Sigh. Oh, where shall we begin?

SULA is the title character, yet she is not a focal character until you're halfway through the book; which speaks volumes. And when it does finally focus on her, it's only to reveal a vacuous and pointless character living in a vacuous and pointless town called Medallion, Ohio. In fact, it would've made more sense for the title to be MEDALLION or something, because it was more about the collective population of this mountain-based town than it was about SULA, dual meanings of the name notwithstanding.

For such a short book, the narrative managed to ramble and give irrelevant information about irrelevant people in Medallion, i.e., Shadrack the vet and his annual Suicide Day...just useless town folklore.

And then. The focal characters like Eva, Helene, Sula and Nel, proceed to engage in the most contrived, distasteful things imaginable. Fire. Drowning. Whoring. Betrayal. Constipated babies. (Gross! Seriously. Did we really need such distasteful visuals on that, not once, but TWICE?!) Yet there is no redemption for anyone.

And symbolism? If it's here...why should the reader even care? These people make you feel you need a shower...LOL

I cannot fathom that this pretentious narrative is actually taught in academic curriculums! This is the second Toni Morrison novel I've read, after THE BLUEST EYE, and I do not enjoy her writing style - it feels less like stellar prose and more like artificial and overindulgent writing.

I know many enjoy it, but I found nothing even remotely enjoyable here. This one gets an F from me. A major fail.
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Overall, Sula was a very dark story. It seemed like the people in the town were so interconnected that they were affected by everyone else's decisions. It also seemed like there were cycles in the generations of townspeople that really couldn't be broken unless townspeople moved away and stayed away.