Book Reviews of Sula

Author: Toni Morrison
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
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Creepy, sick and twisted.
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This rich and moving novel races the lives of two black heroines from their close-knit childhood in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation.

Ne. Wright has chosen to stay in the place where she was born, to marry, raise a family, and become a pillar of the black community. Sula Peace has rejected the life Nel has embraced, escaping to college, and submerging herself in city life. When she returns to her roots, it is as a rebel and a wanton seductress. Eventually, both women must face the consequences of their choices. Together, they create an unforgettable portrait of what it means and costs to be a black woman in America.
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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.
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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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good book!
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Traces lives of 2 black heroines from childhood to womenhood. Both take different paths- one stay at home raise children, the other college and city life. These two faces their choices and discover what it means to be a black women in America.
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A great Morrison tale; it looks at female friendships and life choices in an interesting way that few other than Morrison could get away with. Morrison adds a hint of the supernatural to keep you thinking and wondering about the book long after you put it down.
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A very interesting look at racism, growing up, surviving, and living life.
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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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An amazing book. The final line is so poignant... All Morrison's novels are wonderful. Don't miss this one.
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Often overlooked, this is one of my favorite Toni Morrison novels, and a much easier read than Beloved.
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This rich and moving novel traces the lives of two black heroins from their close-knit childhood in a small Ohio town, through thier sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to thier ultimate confrontation and reconciliation. It's a great story.
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good book-toni morrison writes well
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I have never met a Toni Morrison book I didn't like.As the Los Angeles Free Press wrote "Should be read and passed around and reread by book lovers everwhere".
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Incredibly original. Reads like poetry!
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Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, this National Bestseller was also an Oprah's book club selection!
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I was unusually moved by this book, indeed, was brought to tears at times... SULA comments on the things we all deal with when it comes to the people in our lives; it challenges misconceptions about female friendship and makes us think twice about holding onto anger.
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At its centerâ"a friendship between two women, a friendship whose intensity first sustains, then injures. Sula and Nelâ"both black, both smart, both poor, raised in a small Ohio townâ"meet when they are twelve, wishbone thin and dreaming of princes.

Through their girlhood years they share everythingâ"perceptions, judgments, yearnings, secrets, even crimeâ"until Sula gets out, out of the Bottom, the hilltop neighborhood where beneath the sporting life of the men hanging around the place in headrags and soft felt hats there hides a fierce resentment at failed crops, lost jobs, thieving insurance men, bug-ridden the invisible line that cannot be overstepped.
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This is a Oprah's book club book.
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An Oprah's Book Club selection by a Nobel Prize winner.
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New condition. I accidentally bought two and never read this one. :-)