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Publisher's Summary

Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life, he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family's origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.
©2017 Toni Morrison (P)2017 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"A rich, full novel.... It lifts us up [and] impresses itself upon us like a love affair." ( New York Times Book Review)
"A rhapsodic work.... Intricate and inventive." ( New Yorker)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Carol Binta Nadeem on 09-28-17

A folklore tapestry

First, I adore the author's reading. I could listen to her voice all night long which I have done. If you are expecting a linear progression of plot and a triumphant conclusion, this is not for you. Toni Morrison weaves a tapestry of folklore and winds a golden thread of connecting themes , scenes and schemes tthroughout many juxtapositions of people, places and things. You must simply stay with her and she will reveal every hidden meaning that you thought you would never get and had long abandoned until an unexpected spark of verse sheds light in the darkness and flips over a bit of the truth of the tale being wound around in concentric circles. Totally other-worldly and still funky and real as honky tonk music. Delightfully and creatively rich in ethnic detail and intensity. She conveys the collective consciousness of a tormented people with the ultimate responsibility to figure it out for themselves.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jade on 04-15-18

the great Toni Morrison herself

What did you love best about Song of Solomon?

The story and characters are so engaging in Song Of Solomon that it's hard to stop turning the pages, or stop listening along, with this one.

What did you like best about this story?

Hearing the words read by the author, the great Toni Morrison herself, is quite an experience.

Have you listened to any of Toni Morrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to many of Toni Morrison's other audiobook recordings, and you can tell that this performance is very recent due to the sound of her voice. I could still listen to it all day long though.

Any additional comments?

The beginning audio started off a bit rough, but this still gets a 5-Star rating, because Toni Morrison is deserving of nothing less.

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