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In Sula, Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for literature, tells the story of two women--friends since childhood, separated in young adulthood, and reunited as grown women. Nel Wright grows up to become a wife and mother, happy to remain in her hometown of Medallion, Ohio. Sula Peace leaves Medallion to experience college, men, and life in the big city, an exceptional choice for a black woman to make in the late 1920s.
As girls, Nel and Sula are the best of friends, only children who find in each other a kindred spirit to share in each girl's loneliness and imagination. When they meet again as adults, it's clear that Nel has chosen a life of acceptance and accommodation, while Sula must fight to defend her seemingly unconventional choices and beliefs. But regardless of the physical and emotional distance that threatens this extraordinary friendship, the bond between the women remains unbreakable: "Her old friend had come home.... Sula, whose past she had lived through and with whom the present was a constant sharing of perceptions. Talking to Sula had always been a conversation with herself."
Lyrical and gripping, Sula is an honest look at the power of friendship amid a backdrop of family, love, race, and the human condition. --Gisele Toueg
Hearing an author read her own work creates a special ambiance. To hear Morrison read a short, unabridged novel published 24 years ago, to hear in her voice how much she still values the writing, well, who could ask for more? The only drawback is that Morrison, while very much in tune with her characters, often lets her voice drop to a whisper, making these tapes difficult to listen to while driving and almost impossible on a highway with the window open. On the page, Sula is one of her more clearly defined novels?the friendship and later hatred that envelopes the lives of two black women from "the bottom"?but the imagistic nature of the writing means listeners may have to replay passages if they want to follow the action. A small price to pay for a masterpiece.?Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York
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Never received my book, instead received a English/French DictionaryPublished 9 days ago by Anastacia
Ignore the "Oprah's Book Club" sticker, this book is actually really good.Published 22 days ago by Jordan
Like always, you can never go wrong with a Toni Morrison's bookPublished 1 month ago by fatou diawara
The author with subtle excellence preserves otherwise un-noted black culture details such as gestures, phraseology, attitude... Once again, her salute to black men is appreciated.Published 1 month ago by 5 Margins
I loved the book Sula And I thought I was receiving the book. But all I got was a commentary about the book.Published 1 month ago by Nan
Perfect example of literature where society is urged to reflect and understand the source of suffering of women because of our traditional ideas of gender roles. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beth
This was my first Toni Morrison book and I was amazed. One of the best novels I have ever read. Can't wait to read more of her work!Published 1 month ago by mary a echols
Somewhat beyond words, this one. This is a book I'd recommend to women everywhere. It illustrates what it meant to be black and a friend and a woman in a small town, what... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jordan