14. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Tammy · Tags: ,

Sula by Toni Morrison, 174 pages, read by Tammy, on 02/10/2013

This is a wonderfully written tale of not only the life of Sula but also the lives of many of her neighbors in her hometown, Medallion, Ohio. The story brings up differences in how the blacks living in “The Bottoms” live and the white folks in town live; and not just about their jobs, or status, but in how they approach life and conflict and difficulties. It’s a fast read with real to life characters. Unfortunately for me, I chose this book, because a friend was named after the main character so I wanted to see what in the character inspired her mother to name her daughter, Sula. Going into the book with this viewpoint was a mistake. The character of Sula is a strong, independent soul from childhood on but as she grows older she becomes disconnected with other people and becomes mean. She does not enjoy being mean or causing others pain she just doesn’t seem to care one way or the other. I think I would have enjoyed this book more had I approached it like any other title.

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