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Sula Oprah Number 36

by Toni Morrison

Plume | June 16, 2008 | Hardcover

Sula Oprah Number 36 is rated 2.6667 out of 5 by 3.
Nominated for the National Book Award, this rich and moving novel traces the lives of two black heroines—from their growing up in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation. The one, Nel Wright, chooses to remain in the place of her birth, to marry, to raise a family, and to become a pillar of the tightly knit black community. The other, Sula Peace, rejects all that Nel has accepted. She escapes to college, immerses herself in city life, and when she returns to her roots, it is as a rebel, a mocker, and a seductress. Both women must suffer the consequences of their choices; both must decide if they can afford to harbor the love they have for each other; and both combine to create an unforgettable rendering of what it means and costs to exist and survive as a black woman in America. Hailed by critics for its stunning language and its original, honest depiction of the black way of life after the Civil War, Sula is a lyrical blend of myth and magic, as real as a history lesson, as enchanting as a fable.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 8.06 × 5.32 × 0.54 in

Published: June 16, 2008

Publisher: Plume

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0452283868

ISBN - 13: 9780452283862

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my taste Although I finished the book, I didn't feel any connection to the characters in this book and found myself not caring what happened to them. The happenings also seemed so far fetched that I was left wondering if even the description of the cultural setting was real.
Date published: 2010-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Depressing! This book was too depressing for words. I found it far too surrealistic and sad. Don't read it if you want a book to make you happy!
Date published: 2002-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sula Change is a simple word, but it seems most people are afraid to utter it. Perhaps this fear is coming from the notion of uncertainty, and uncertainty is the enemy of the conservative. Morrison has played with these two words very well, showing how they create a binary opposition in her novel, Sula. Most critics explore the characters of Nel and Sula, yet they always fail to examine a vital personality in the story. Nel and Sula are representations of the binary situation that exists between fear and change. Shadrack is the destroyer of this fear, and he indicates change is sometime necessary. Thus, he is the whole foundation of the novel. Nel and Sula are simple portrayal characters that live within the community. Morisson also illustrates them as the fibers of the community, and how circomstances dictate their lives. On the other hand, Shadrack is the hero that is going to change the fate of the community. He is going to disentangle and liberate the community from the web of f
Date published: 2002-04-17

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Sula Oprah Number 36

by Toni Morrison

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 8.06 × 5.32 × 0.54 in

Published: June 16, 2008

Publisher: Plume

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0452283868

ISBN - 13: 9780452283862

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Nominated for the National Book Award, this rich and moving novel traces the lives of two black heroines—from their growing up in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation. The one, Nel Wright, chooses to remain in the place of her birth, to marry, to raise a family, and to become a pillar of the tightly knit black community. The other, Sula Peace, rejects all that Nel has accepted. She escapes to college, immerses herself in city life, and when she returns to her roots, it is as a rebel, a mocker, and a seductress. Both women must suffer the consequences of their choices; both must decide if they can afford to harbor the love they have for each other; and both combine to create an unforgettable rendering of what it means and costs to exist and survive as a black woman in America. Hailed by critics for its stunning language and its original, honest depiction of the black way of life after the Civil War, Sula is a lyrical blend of myth and magic, as real as a history lesson, as enchanting as a fable.

About the Author

Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison is one of today's leading novelists, as well as a writer whose African American identity has helped shape her impressive literary contributions. As Jean Strouse, who wrote a Newsweek cover story about her, says, "Morrison hates it when people say she is not a "black writer."'"Of course I'm a black writer. That's like saying Dostoevski's not a Russian writer. They mean I'm not just a black writer, but categories like black writer, woman writer, and Latin American writer aren't marginal anymore. We have to acknowledge that the thing we call "literature' is pluralistic now, just as society ought to be." Toni Morrison's novels show a steady progression not only in artistic skill but also in the range and scope of her subjects and settings. The first three take place in African American communities in dominantly white Lorain, Ohio, where Toni Morrison, as Chloe Anthony Wofford, grew up as a member of a stable family of six headed by a father who often worked three jobs simultaneously in order to support his family during the Depression years. She graduated from Howard University and received a master's degree from Cornell University with her thesis on the theme of suicide in modern literature. She teaches writing at Princeton University. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye (1970), is an experimental work that begins haltingly with the Dick-and-Jane language of a grade school primer and slowly develops into a poetically tragic story of a little Afric
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