Top critical review
Challenging, Powerful and Praiseworthy
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2019
Morrison is one of our greatest minds, that much is clear for any who know and love her work (as I do).
She speaks with a voice full of primary emotion, aching memory and tremendous brevity that are so needed, particularly in these dark times.
However, I must admit, I was challenged during the reading of this book of essays, speeches and meditations.
Knopf has chosen to present them without context, or sourcing, leaving the reader to meander through many of the speeches, essays and meditations grasping for some meaning in regard to the context of when these were given.
I also found it incredibly challenging that the materials presented were not curated in any particular way (other than through the organizational three part format). I mean that there are entire sections that are shared between essays, one essay serves as a "jumping off point" for another, and in some cases, verbatim from one to the other which leads to redundancy, in my opinion.
Personally, I would have preferred a more concise version of this book, edited, contextualized and brought to a more manageable grasping.
Don't misunderstand, this book is vital and a powerful meditation from one of our greatest minds... I was left wanting more.