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Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison
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PublisherVintage
Release Date2004-06-08 (added to CC 26 Jun 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank3,862
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 García Márquez. 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.

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(10 Feb 2015)
Faulkner's disciple bends the boundaries of realism in this tale of an anti-hero's discovery of his family's past, which is somehow connected to a familiar song. I like modern styling and stories with cultural layering; this is a pleasure to read even with its flawed main character.
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