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Home: A Novel | [Toni Morrison]

Home: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

America's most celebrated novelist, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison extends her profound take on our history with this twentieth-century tale of redemption: a taut and tortured story about one man's desperate search for himself in a world disfigured by war.

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.

As Frank revisits his memories from childhood and the war that have left him questioning his sense of self, he discovers a profound courage he had thought he could never possess again. A deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood - and his home.

©2012 Toni Morrison (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Profound . . . Morrison's portrayal of Frank is vivid and intimate, her portraits of the women in his life equally masterful. Its brevity, stark prose, and small cast of characters notwithstanding, this story of a man struggling to reclaim his roots and his manhood is enormously powerful.” (Stephan Lee, O, The Oprah Magazine)

“Morrison’s perfect prose [is] immaculate...Beautiful, brutal.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A deceptively rich and cumulatively powerful novel.” (Kirkus)

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    ES Lexington, MA, United States 04-20-14
    ES Lexington, MA, United States 04-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully written and beautifully read"

    This is on par with Toni Morrison's other fiction-- moving, redemptive, and poetic. This audiobook is an outstanding performance, and listening to Ms. Morrison perform gives weight and movement to the words. The understated and contained expressiveness of her voice reflects the tension and containment that the characters must bring to themselves as they cope with overwhelming traumas of war, medical abuse, and racism. Listen and listen again.

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    JannieBlue Milton, MA United States 02-25-13
    JannieBlue Milton, MA United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A quiet stately voice"

    To hear the author read the work as she intended it to be heard, with emphasis where she wanted, is an extraordinary experience. The slow cadence of Toni Morrison's voice is almost hypnotic, and the sound of it will stay with you for long after you are through listening. The story is simple, the layers of meaning are not, and this is very worth listening to.

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    Jean Pasadena, CA, United States 07-09-12
    Jean Pasadena, CA, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Toni Morrison Does it again"
    What did you love best about Home?

    I loved the language of the book, the natural flow and the way it was a story, a love story about our relationship with our families and how this love can bring us to peace and healing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The brother, who needed to forget his pain in order to help his sister, He needed to forgive Himself and raise himself to life to save her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene giving you a mystery to make you want to read the book. Who were the men? Who was the man buried? Was it real?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when the brother came to get his sister from the Dr's house, and take her to the women in Lotus Georgia ,who he knew could save her.


    Any additional comments?

    The way we remember things. How we cope with life in order to survive. How even when we are given love we tend to be suspicious. But when we open up our hearts are filled.

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    peter Morrisville, VT, United States 07-02-12
    peter Morrisville, VT, United States 07-02-12
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    "hard to hear; one dimensional"
    Would you try another book from Toni Morrison and/or Toni Morrison?

    No


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Clean ending


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Toni Morrison?

    Someone who didn't drop their voice at the end of a sentance.


    Could you see Home being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. No idea.


    Any additional comments?

    3rd or 4th Toni Morrison book I've read. I just think she is a one theme writer and has become self consciously 'literate'.

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    judith Bryn Mawr, PA, United States 06-30-12
    judith Bryn Mawr, PA, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It's OK"

    Story ok, but less than I expected. Difficult to listen to Toni Morrison for any length of time. Her voice is clear, as is her enunciation. But it is S_L_O_W. I needed her to move on, I found myself impatient. I'd rather draw my own conclusions of characters' moods, etc., from the writing --- not from the author's/reader's insistence on setting it.
    Still, I like to keep up with Morrison's work, so I'm glad I listened to it. But this is one book I'd probably have enjoyed more by reading it at my own pace.

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    Jean Tepperman Berkeley, CA 06-25-12
    Jean Tepperman Berkeley, CA 06-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Toni Morrison is such an inspiring voice"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Home to be better than the print version?

    Having Morrison read her own book is so wonderful -- her quiet voice is gentle and loving in some places, conveys such quiet fury in others.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Her characters, as usual, are haunting and complicated, with sympathetic stories that make you see where their limitations come from -- and ultimately, it's racism.


    Any additional comments?

    It's always just a joy to hear Morrison's beautiful language and learn from her brilliant perceptions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Neshkoro, WI, United States 06-18-12
    Bob Neshkoro, WI, United States 06-18-12
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    "A Must Read for our children and all"
    What did you love best about Home?

    May I skip the ?, have trouble writing that way, thanks. I am reading this for many reasons, I love the author, have followed her for years. I am a white man, I have twelve grand kids and eight of them are children of color. In many ways a blended family.I am making sure my kids read this book and have their children read it as well. It is a painful story we all need to meditate on and act. I have been a community organizer like my president and a pastor in the African American Community for most of my parish life. Terri's characters are real, I sometimes think as I am reading, I met this person, she has such a wonderful way to make you feel you are part of the story. Following the soldier has been hard. I read one chapter at a time, I find that helpful for my experience, which keep barging in, and because his life is so hard and so real to me. I have friends who are dancing all over about the book"Work" or something like that. I am not, this book makes me shout for freedom and justice and dance a jig of sorrow and grace.Maybe to wax like a poet that I am, you might say Terri has called me "Home"when you are called home, it is importantit often is life changing, and isthe journey home is always hard, long, and often painfulyet at home there is a strange kind of love there, all embracing.Terri I am coming home, thanks for the call!ko shin, Bob Hanson, a Warrior Poetin the middle of a revolutionary state, Wisconsin


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    07-09-12
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    "Sad story"
    What disappointed you about Home?

    Nothing disappointed me


    What was most disappointing about Toni Morrison’s story?

    Behavior of white people.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Toni Morrison’s performances?

    YES


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness for our country. Racism lives and the bigots just failed the latest test. Obama,


    Any additional comments?

    Toni tells her story in her slow pure Grandmother voice. I loved hearing her. The story is chilling.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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