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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Literary Birthday: Toni Morrison

One of the best writers living, Morrison's work combines poetry with prose, historical testimony with the supernatural, the specifics of the African-American experience with the universality of the human experience. She's a chronicler of the most brutal of crimes and a believer in love.

I really think the range of emotions and perceptions I have had access to as a black person and as a female person are greater than those of people who are neither.... So it seems to me that my world did not shrink because I was a black female writer. It just got bigger. -Toni Morrison

I've read a lot of her work, but still haven't read Jazz, Tar Baby, Love or Paradise. Must rectify that.


  1. I totally agree with you that Toni Morrison is one of the best writers alive. Her work is such poetry that her stories (my most recent experience was with "A Mercy") can be slow. But the language is always so beautiful and the images so intricately woven that I don't want to turn the page too quickly.

    I notice also that "In the Time of Butterflies" is in your library. This story is so well told and the characters so well drawn that it returns to my mind time and time again, even though it's two or three years since I read the novel.

    Thanks for sharing,


  2. "A Mercy" and "In The Time..." are most definitely two of the best books I've read in the past few years. Just breathtaking.