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God Help the Child (Vintage International) Paperback – January 26, 2016
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At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”
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“Powerful. . . . A tale that is as forceful as it is affecting, as fierce as it is resonant.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“A tragicomic jazz opera played out in four parts. . . . Morrison makes art from the cadences of human heartbreak.” —The Atlantic
“Beautiful. . . . God Help the Child is superb, its story gliding along the tracks of Morrison’s utterly assured prose.” —USA Today
“Unflinching, gorgeously written.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Magnificent. . . . Morrison remains an incredibly powerful writer who commands attention no matter the story she is telling.” —The Guardian (London)
“Sly, savage, honest, and elegant. . . . Once again, Morrison thrillingly brings the storytelling moxie and mojo that make her, arguably, our greatest living novelist.” —Elle
“Exquisite. . . . Morrison has a Shakespearean sense of tragedy, and that gift imbues God Help the Child.” —Newsday
“The Nobel Prize winner continues to create beauty from the anger and defining wounds of her characters. . . . Bears a lifetime’s worth of anger and sorrow, distilled to their essences and fiercely hung onto, tooth and claw.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“Glorious and incendiary.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“There is a new urgency to Morrison’s work, a desire to tell the story itself, without embellishment or ornamentation. . . . Morrison [is] the undisputed interpreter of the American black experience.” —The Boston Globe
“Morrison gives us an unflinching look at the wounds that adults can inflict on children with life-altering consequences. . . . Few authors can deliver exquisitely written prose as Morrison.” —Essence.com
“Haunting. . . . Moving. . . . Fearless. . . . God Help the Child yet again proves that Toni Morrison is an icon.” —Bustle
“Both timely and timeless. . . . A pleasure. . . . As she shows with such brevity and eloquence in God Help the Child, having and healing don’t necessarily happen at the same time.” —The Seattle Times
“A book to be read twice at a minimum—the first time for the story, and the second time to savor the language, the gems of phrasing and the uncomfortable revelations about the human capacity both to love and destroy.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Breathtaking prose. . . . A new Morrison book is always cause for celebration.” —The Dallas Morning News
“We have stepped into, once again, another of Morrison’s fertile landscapes. . . . It is a blessing that she still speaks with such salvific force and poetic grace.” —The Plain Dealer
“Heartbreaking. . . . [Morrison] continues to dazzle. . . . Morrison—like Bride—is still reinventing herself as a writer. And just getting better.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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- Publisher : Vintage; Reprint edition (January 26, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307740927
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307740922
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.14 x 0.57 x 7.98 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #60,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is very different from Toni Morrison's other books. It is said to take place in today's world, but some of the characters aren't living in today's world for several different reasons.
The more I read, the more I fell in love with the characters. At the end, I was really rooting for Booker, who we don't even know by name until the last two thirds of the book. Everyone is redeemed and despite mortal wounds to the characters' hearts and souls, we are left believing in the power of speaking our truth and trusting in people's abilities to see our goodness.
Toni Morrison has done it again!
I have no idea why incest and child molestation are “in” topics in literature. It’s upsetting, regardless of whether or not the reader can identify. It doesn’t help those who are trying to work through their own trauma, and in fact, graphic depictions can actually harm victims by triggering memories they’ve spent years trying to surpass. It desensitizes readers after a while and becomes merely a tool for lazy authors to provide a dramatic backstory for a character (not the case in this novel, however). And worst of all, by describing the sexual act in detail, it titillates and glorifies something horrifying. Just as showing rape scenes in movies stimulates viewers (at the same time they know it’s a violent crime), readers have a similar emotional reaction even though they know it’s wrong.
In God Help the Child, every single character was molested as a child. There are random children without any character development who get attacked and raped. Clearly, Toni Morrison had a point by choosing such a melodramatic slant to her story, but I missed it. The main character doesn’t feel like a woman anymore because her boyfriend cheats on her, and her emotional feeling manifests into the physical: her body reverts to that of a prepubescent girl. Again, Morrison had a point with her storyline, but I just didn’t appreciate it.
I’ve given this famous author two chances, and both books were sexually disturbing. I don’t consider the subject matters she chooses to write about entertaining, so I don’t think I’ll read any other of her novels. Read at your own risk, and don’t be afraid to say no.
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However, I read this for a book gp and we sis spend quite a bit of time discussing some of the issues that came up in the book.
I felt there was so much left to explore in terms of the impact the main characters made in their futures based ion their experiences but at the same time I acknowledge how never ending that particular tale could be.
I didn't really like how the end of the story was brought to be (not going to spoil anything, but the whole thing was finished in the most typical sort of way), but the rest of the book was interesting enough to not be negatively impacted by this.
Very easy to read, it took me a couple of evenings to finish it!