Wednesday, January 21, 2009
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
I know I liked The Bluest Eye when I read it in college, but I just wasn't a fan of this novel. I know she's a brilliant writer and has the Pulitzer to prove it. But, still, I like paragraphs. I'm sorry. I kept reading and thinking, "When will this paragraph end? And why is it being written?"
The setting is during slavery and the novel is a prequel to Morrison's best-selling novel Beloved. Florens is a young slave girl who is traded to a white man to settle a debt. She falls for a handsome free blacksmith who doesn't treat her very well. Several other tales of women in 1690 are told and are interwoven together. But, hey, I know lots of people will love this title. But it's not for me.