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The latest novel from Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison.
An angry and self-loathing veteran of the Korean War, Frank Money finds himself back in racist America after enduring trauma on the front lines that left him with more than just physical scars. His home--and himself in it--may no longer be as he remembers it, but Frank is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from, which he's hated all his life. As Frank revisits the memories from childhood and the war that leave him questioning his sense of self, he discovers a profound courage he thought he could never possess again. A deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding himself--and his home.
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I rarely give a novel less than three stars but this one merited it despite the very talented author, Toni Morrison. The novel centers around a Korean veteran, Frank, who makes his way home to Lotus, Georgia to help care for his fragile sister, Cee. Frank encounters prejudice, cruelty but also much kindness along his trip across the United States. He does battle with a thieving policeman who attempts to keep him in a holding ward and encounters kind and not so kind preachers along the way willing to give him a helping hand. He attempts to unsuccessfully reconcile with his wife, Lily. Despite setbacks, he trudges onward to Georgia to find his beloved Cee who is in a bad way. The wonderful plot withstanding, the novel is bogged down with needless descriptions of items that do not add to the plot. We read descriptions from everything about the flora, to houses, to the punctilious inner workings of a character's mind. Morrison is known for her lyricism and that lyricism has worked wonderfully in some of her books such as "The Bluest Eye" but here it detracts from the stunning plot which can stand on its own. I do not recommend this book by Morrison. It is not one of her best. If the reader is looking for a novel which merits Morrison's talents, I recommend "The Bluest Eye."
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