Sula

3.4
The rich and moving novel traces the lives of two black heroines from their close-knit childhood in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation.

Nel Wright has chosen to stay in the place where she was born, to seduc, raise a family, and become a pillar of the black community. Sula Peace has rejected the life Nel has embraced, escaping to college, and submerging herself in city life. When she goes to her roots, it is as a rebel and a wanton seductress. Eventually, both women must face the onsequences of their choices. Together, they ad an unforgettable portrait of what it means and costs to be black oman in America.
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174
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Sula
Publication Date
Published April 5th 2002 by Plume Books (first published 1973

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She creates characters who burn with an inextinguishable fire, and she does it through a series of carefully-written moments; ugly, heartbreaking scenes that somehow capture a person, a time, place or an injustice in full.Sula is, at times, a trange book; it is about an intense, complicated relationship between two black women- Sula and Nel- from the 1920s to the 70.

But it 's essentially about Nel and Sula growing up- surrounded by racism, injustice and segregation- and becoming women, iscovering their sexuality in very different ays, and living very different lives.

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Even their footsteps left a smell of smoke behind. "- Toni Morrison, SulaThis is a captivating book about the relationshi between two girls ( Sula and Nel) with very different personalities.

They knew anger well but not despair, and they didn ’ t stone sinners for the same reason they didn ’ t commit suicide—it was beneath them. " Because I 'm reading Morrison 's books in chronological order, and The Bluest Eye was read not too long ago, I was just more sensitive to the onnections and similarities between the two books.

In anothe ook, as in The Bluest Eye, the theme of the two Americas emerges, in particular on the theme of parental love.

What does love mean when you re a single black mother of three children, abandoned by your husband and living in a poor, black community?

Just 'cause you got it good now you think it was simpl th good? " This sentiment was so reminiscent of The Bluest Eye where the black mother showed her love to her hildren in somewhat gruff ways which were n't even recognized as love until those children were older.

And like any artist with no art form, she became dangerous. " Although Morrison focuses mainly on the lives of black girls and women in her writing, she also spares a thought to black men.

She looks at black masculinity, particularly in the ind of environment that constrains the lives and movement of black people, and what that manifests as: " So it was rage, rage and a determination to take on a an 's role anyhow that made him press Nel about settling down.

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check it out: despite that weird author hand placement thing, i 've been kinda seriously obsessing over all these pictures of morrison 's huge lion 's head, piercing eyes, and silver dreads ...

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This unerring writer has been the only one to get all 5 star reviews from me so far ( for " Beloved, " " The Bluest Eye, "& this); all of her books have that same wondrous quality.

It is something so completely foreign to me, so elicious,& as bizarre, as, say Cindi Lauper 's anthem " Girls Just Wan na Have Fun. " What is it that men miss out on?! After " Sula " I am now suddenly& utterly aware that there are certain circles ( circular ...

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There, in the enter of that silence was not eternity but the death of time and a loneliness so profound the word itself had no wor.

Another is the second ovel of my Morrison journey I started a couple of days ago.

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