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Sula (Oprah's Book Club) Paperback – March 1, 2002
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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
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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
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The way Toni Morrison was able to write a beautiful, strange and enduring history of an entire black community in less than two hundred pages is a staggering achievement. Some of the imagery and symbolism from this novel is so haunting that it comes to me almost every day; Sula's fingertip incident, Shadrack's bell, Chicken Little flying through the air, the fate of Plum.. just read and see, it will haunt you.
Sula will arrest you from the first sentence, and the beautiful, sad, funny and strange novel will leave you breathless, and the end will leave you in tears. Anyone who has ever had a friend become an enemy will find something valuable in Sula.
I recommend this novel to anyone and everyone; I buy it at used book stars all of the time just to give to people. This is one of the greatest books by a living writer, in any language. Do yourself a favor.
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