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
"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)
This is my 4th book this year set in Georgia. Segregation and racism abound. Although the performance was decent as well as the story, it was way too painful to listen to or to be an enjoyable read. For a time, I'm going to avoid reading fiction that occurs in the south with its rampant abuse of anyone that's not white: lynching, rape, jim crow, segregation, destruction of churches and families ... no more, no thank you.
The audio underscores the poetry but the dialogues in it need more animation. I highly recommend hearing this audiobook. What I understood more this third time learning this story was the necessity of Frank confronting his own emotions including shame of murdering a Korean girl who was foraging and prostituting herself for survival. Very relevant to the shame that the working class has to pay for making a living in an imperialist economy. -RF.
A different narrator
This was a monotonic narration that didn't enhance the story where it should/could. The narrator wasted the story.
I would love to listen to other of Toni Morrison's books. But I will not be able to handle her as a narrator. Too bad. I love her stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Someone who didn't drop their voice at the end of a sentance.
Yes. No idea.
3rd or 4th Toni Morrison book I've read. I just think she is a one theme writer and has become self consciously 'literate'.
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.
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.
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.
It's always just a joy to hear Morrison's beautiful language and learn from her brilliant perceptions.
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