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Michael

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  • Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he's hated all his life. This is a deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood - and his home.

    Melinda says: "not a novel, but a collection of short stories"
    "Urbane"
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    Personally, I felt the best thing about this work was the performance; languid, sweetly pleasing to the ear and thoughtful.

    The characters were beautifully developed and interesting but nebulous; coming into being then melting away as another came to take its place.

    When "C" appeared I began to connect. Finally, I thought, I had found the protagonist, the character that was going to carry the story, but just a suddenly she too was gone, just like the rest. It was just too frustrating!

    I am certain that my inability to connect with this work had more to do with a lack on my part; I didn't take literature in college, then with the work; which is beautifully written and beautifully performed.

    I found it too urbane and sophisticated for my tastes, so after 5 chapters and no, apparent, common denominator, I simply gave up. Because even after 5 chapters my interest hadn't peaked enough to want to know where this story was going.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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