Morrison, Toni

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The intense friendship shared by two black women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.

Publisher: New York : Vintage International, c2004
ISBN: 9781400033430
Branch Call Number: FIC M
Characteristics: xvii, 174 p. ; 21 cm.


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Feb 26, 2015
  • sl65301 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was very compelling! By the end of the novel, it was almost majical to see the different heights and definition of love for the main characters:
Eva (Plum's mother): murdered her son out of love. Her character revealed to me the strength and power of a mother's love for her child and how love provides the momentum through which a mother will do anything to protect and care for her children.
Sula: To me, it was as if Sula thought love to be a "threatening force" without any moral attatchements, feelings, or concern, which led to her being very selfless and selfish which is represented several times throughout the novel.
Hannah (Sula's mother): To me, Hannah thought love is what you "do for" a person and is showed through materialistic things. For example, Hannah loved Sula but didn't like her, which raises the question, can you truly love someone without liking them. In the novel, it was as if Hannah was offended when Sula asked her if she loved her.
Nel (Sula's bestfriend & the wife of Jude): love is a "powerful force" that imperilled the boundaries of her indentity and personality
Another theme I extracted from the novel is sexism. Sula was thought of as the personifaction on evil because of her carelessness when it came to her body. However, Ajax could sleep with whomever he want without being condemned.
What did I learn: LOVE IS SUBJECTIVE!

Jul 09, 2014
  • teal_tiger_lilly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book is very realistic .... as sula is snooping around and having sex with nels husband the society sula lives in begins to turn against her ... what many people didnt understand is that sula cared for her child and even spent long nights with plum
and the only thing that people didnt like was the fact that she was a prostitute...(kinda) at the end of the story nel cries and she realises how much she misses her child-hood friend SULA

Dec 08, 2013

Wrong book given. NYPL gave me "Interpretations of Toni Morrison's Sula which I now have to return to library and order Sula AGAIN.

Feb 03, 2013

I find it difficult to feel sympathetic for these characters except for Nel. The violence they exhibit, their remorseless deceptions, their cruelty to others and themselves are unexcusable whatever the circumstances and seem unnatural in any (civilized?) society. The style though is beautiful, lyric at points as in the description of the Bottom and its gentrification.

Nov 08, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Oprah's book club. I don't know why people like this. I think Sula is a sociopath.


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Feb 26, 2015
  • sl65301 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You say I'm woman and colored. Ain't that the same as being a man?"

May 19, 2012
  • sturner722 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't want to make somebody else. I want to make myself- Sula

Oct 06, 2010

"And like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous."


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May 19, 2012
  • sturner722 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

sturner722 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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