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Sula | [Toni Morrison]

Sula

Two girls who grow up to become women...two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret.
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Publisher's Summary

Two girls who grow up to become women...two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal ¿ or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life.

©1973 Toni Morrison; (P)2002 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Enchanting....Powerful." (Chicago Daily News)
"In characters like Sula, Toni Morrison's originality and power emerge." (The Nation)
"Exemplary....The essential mysteries of death and sex, friendship, and poverty are expressed with rare economy." (Newsweek)
"Extravagantly beautiful....Enormously, achingly alive....A howl of love and rage, playful and funny as well as hard and bitter." (The New York Times)

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    Gretta ALLSTON, MA, United States 04-15-11
    Gretta ALLSTON, MA, United States 04-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautiful"

    Morrison's tone is soothing and beautifully, poetically just. I strongly recommend this reading of it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Bethlehem, PA, United States 04-11-11
    Karen Bethlehem, PA, United States 04-11-11
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    "Good against evil and a riotous story to boot"

    This was a well thought out, well put together novel. Everything draws together at the end. In addition, the author knows how to tell a story.

    The characters are real, unpredictable, flesh-and-blood people. People you have known in your life, or wished to know. The reader is immersed into the culture of a backwater black neighborhood of the early 20th century.

    The story has twists and turns, some back stories, but I followed it easily while alone cleaning my kitchen. I can usually predict a plot twist, but not this time. Something was happening every 5 minutes, or so it seemed.

    Similar to the books of Thomas Hardy, there are all of these characters, all of these lives and interactions within a community, an interesting plot, and a thread of morality winding through it all. I didn't really notice the thread, but many things made me feel uncomfortable with both Nell and Sula. All is explained at the end and justice prevails. I felt better only to discover that I had been "had" by the moral questions now raised within myself.

    Some people complained about the narration. I had no problem with it, but I listen on my computer instead of a device, if that makes any difference. The author speaks deliberately, but without a lot of expression. This way you can interpret her words as you wish, just as if you were reading it.

    In summary, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It has everything one could wish for. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in fine literature.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Allyn Van Dusen Rochester, NY 03-13-13
    Allyn Van Dusen Rochester, NY 03-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting but not my favorite Morrison novel"

    My daughter and I listened to it together for a college assignment she had. I was surprised to find Ms. Morrison's reading so unengaging, and badly paced. But I did like her characters and the evolution of the story. It was very insightful, and rather painful, to listen to. I hope to read the print version someday, I think I would like it better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimm Jacksonville, FL, USA 07-26-10
    Kimm Jacksonville, FL, USA 07-26-10
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    "A bit too complicated for easy listening"

    I must actually read this one - as it does sound interesting but a bit too foreign for easy listening - i'v started it over and again but do recommend for someone who can do nothing while listening - hope this helps.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Donna grants pass, OR, USA 03-07-09
    Donna grants pass, OR, USA 03-07-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Terrible"

    I love Toni Morrion's books and have read several. I purchased Sula and Beloved. What a mistake. She is a terrible reader, slow, wispy, frequent pauses. I suffered through Sula but after the first chapter gave up on Beloved. Listen to a sample of the book, prior to purchase, to evaluate the reading style. It may work for some but it definitely did not work for me.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jaded Buddha San Francisco 06-04-13
    Jaded Buddha San Francisco 06-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A moving and dangerous book."

    One of the most intense and beautifully-written books I've ever read. Experiencing the emotions and ideas within this story could change you. In my estimation, this short book is on a par with Homer's Odyssey. No, actually, it's definitely better. (I *know* this sounds like hyperbole, but I really mean it.)

    Morrison's reading is terrific.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 11-21-10
    Tammy Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 11-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Worst Narration Ever !!!!"

    This could possibly be a good read.If i ever chance the opportunity to read the book for free,then i will give it another chance. So sad i spent my $ on this, the narration really is that bad. Because the reading was so awful it was hard to pay attention, and distinguish between characters. Terrible !

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    MaDonna Victoria, TX, United States 03-07-11
    MaDonna Victoria, TX, United States 03-07-11
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    "SULA"

    Your kidding me, Oprah's List?? Did she even read it! Terrible book! I finished it hoping it would improve, did not!

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 06-24-12
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 06-24-12 Member Since 2006

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    AWFUL!!! has to be on the list of worst books I have read. I don't mean to put the book down, let's just say it was not for me!!! AT. ALL. I listened in double speed to get it over with.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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