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Toni Morrison s first novel, The Bluest Eye 1970 , was acclaimed as the work of an important talent, written as John Leonard said in The New York Times in a prose so precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry.Sula has the same power, the same beauty.At its center a friendship between two women, a friendship whose intensity first sustains, then injures Sula and Nel both black, both smart, both poor, raised in a small Ohio town meet when they are twelve, wishbone thin and dreaming of princes.Through their girlhood years they share everything perceptions, judgments, yearnings, secrets, even crime until Sula gets out, out of the Bottom, the hilltop neighborhood where beneath the sporting life of the men hanging around the place in headrags and soft felt hats there hides a fierce resentment at failed crops, lost jobs, thieving insurance men, bug ridden flourat the invisible line that cannot be overstepped Sula leaps it and roams the cities of America for ten years Then she returns to the town, to her friend But Nel is a wife now, settled with her man and her three children She belongs She accommodates to the Bottom, where you avoid the hand of God by getting in it, by staying upright, helping out at church suppers, asking after folks where you deal with evil by surviving it Not Sula As willing to feel pain as to give pain, she can never accommodate Nel can t understand her any , and the others never did Sula scares them Mention her now, and they recall that she put her grandma in an old folks home the old lady who let a train take her leg for the insurance that a child drowned in the river years agothat there was a plague of robins when she first returnedIn clear, dark, resonant language, Toni Morrison brilliantly evokes not only a bond between two lives, but the harsh, loveless, ultimately mad world in which that bond is destroyed, the world of the Bottom and its people, through forty years, up to the time of their bewildered realization that eventhan they feared Sula, their pariah, they needed her.

4 thoughts on “Sula (Oprah #46) (Oprah's Book Club)

  1. liza keating liza keating says:

    This novel describes the significant differences in the upbringings of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, two young girls and best friends who eventually separate due to betrayal and unrealized character In the community of the Bottom in the city of Medallion, Ohio, Nel Wright was brought up in a conventional household, her mother teaching her to abide to the expectations of society Sula Peace, on the other hand, was raised in a household as unconventional as can be Living with her mother Hannah and her grandmother Eva, both who are seen by the town as loose and lacking moral Despite the major differences in their home life, and Nel s mother s opinion on Hannah Peace, Nel and Sula were inseparable Following a traumatic incident, the drowning of a child, the two grew apart.Years later, Nel decides to conform to the life that society expects of her as loyal wife and mother Sula, on the other hand, leads an entirely unconventional life, which is evident when she returns to the Bottom after leaving for 10 years following Nel s wedding Sula s return was seen as a return of evil by the people of the Bottom As Sula s return came accompanied by a plague of robins, 89 the robins became a sign of evil to the people The news that Sula had put her grandmother in a home and her involvement in interracial relationships secured the towns view of her as evil The ending of her and Nel s friendship, however, came as a result of Sula s affair with Nel s husband, who then left Nel.Nel blames Sula for the ending of their friendship, as well as the destruction of her marriage and confronts Sula when visiting after hearing of Sula s sickness Sula reveals to her that just because Nel thought she was good, doesn t mean she was the good one She says How you know About who was good How you know it was you 146 Nel s encounter with Eva secures this notion of Nel s skewed perception of her own goodness As Eva neglects to recognize that Nel is not Sula because they are the same, saying You Sula What s the difference 168 Morrison is making a statement about the ambiguity of good and evil Though Sula was technically responsible for the death of the child, Nel was no better, feeling pleasure watching the child be engulfed by the surrounding water.Ultimately, Sula refers to the question what determines good and evil through the genius characterization of Nel Wright and deep description of the life of Sula Peace I rate this book 5 stars and would definitely recommend reading this thought provoking book.

  2. J. Blue J. Blue says:

    Sula is one of those books that you can go back to again and again and feel satisfied each time.This is a story of friendship, family and race relations that is FILLED with metaphors, symbolism and Allegories One interesting focus of the novel is really on women being women and not subscribing to social norms or a certain expectation Most of the women in the novel wanted to have some element of control This control was expressed in various forms i.e sexually, maternal, friendetc There are many symbols to keep the reader engaged in driving the ultimate message of this novel home from the patterned usage of the number 4 to the plague of Robins when something pivotal is about to happen and the overwhelming symbolism of fire and water.If you love a novel filled with hidden meanings, Sula will not disappoint.

  3. FCD117 FCD117 says:

    Sula is an interesting novel set in a primarily African American neighborhood in Ohio set in the first half of the twentieth century The novel is medium length and although sometimes complex, has mostly a easily read flow I mostly liked the novel, but at times I found it somewhat obscure As a non credentialed student of literature I would classify this novel as both Feminist and African American Literature.This is the third novel by Toni Morrison that I have read thus far I have read Song of Solomon , The Bluest Eye and now Sula , in that order Thus far my favorite is The Bluest Eye These novels revolve around African American lifestyle issues Although obviously clearly extremely intelligent and well educated, there is a good deal of street nomenclature that is often vulgar I suppose this makes the novels realistic as reflecting life within some communities However, speaking as a reader, it does not always appeal to me.I purchased this book on Kindle and also an Audiobook, narrated by the author I really valued having a chance to hear Toni Morrison narrate the story, presumably as she wants it read and heard I did the same with The Bluest Eye and really enjoyed that experience.In the event a reader is interested in a somewhat similar novel authored at a slightly earlier time for purpose of comparing and contrasting, one might consider The Street by Ann Petry Ann Poetry also authored an excellent non fiction biography of Harriet Tubman I feel Ann Petry s is well worth reading and being familiar with.In summary, I like this novel a lot, but with reservations I continue to be a fan of Toni Morrison and have already purchased another novel and Audiobook, Tar Baby My personal favorite novel thus far of Toni Morrison continues to be her first published novel The Bluest Eye Thank You

  4. CeeCee CeeCee says:

    I have read other books by Toni Morrison such as The Bluest Eye which were exceptional Sulla was a slow read, many of the story lines were all over the place Even though the storyline focused primarily on the relationship between Nell Sula we were only given a surface glimpse of what the relationship was really about The most interesting part of this book was the last conversation between Sula and Nell where Sula ask so you think you were good And the last conversation between nail and Eva, when Eva ask Nell about killing the little boy Both conversations caused Nell to reflect on her role in keeping the secret of that little boy s death Other than those two conversations this story was very disjointed disconnected and slow for me.