Sula by Toni Morrison

 

Sula is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison published in 1973. It's set in a small town in Ohio, focusing on two girls, Nel and Sula, both black, both poor, who share their dreams until Sula escapes to live a vagrant city life for ten years. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But when Sula returns, the bond of their friendship is broken.

In clear, dark, resonant language, Toni Morrison brilliantly evokes not only a bond between two lives, but the harsh, loveless, ultimately mad world in which that bond is destroyed. Hailed by critics for its stunning language and its original, honest depiction of the black way of life after the Civil War, Sula was nominated for the National Book Award.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A glass of wine and a wide-ranging conversation about a book that covered a wide-range of issues was a lovely way to spend a rainy Thursday evening. I think it was agreed that one of the book's topics was conformity vs individuality, and which of those is more harmful for a community. Although none of us knew it, the character who opens and closes the book, Shadrack, is appropriately named since "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are men recorded in the Book of Daniel chapters 1-3, known for their exclusive devotion to God. In particular, they are known for being saved by divine intervention from the Babylonian execution of being burned alive in a fiery furnace."

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Dennis T.

    Be there in 5

    May 23, 2013

  • Shelley

    Thank you for letting me know. Looking forward to this.

    March 23, 2013

    • Dennis T.

      You're welcome :) See you at the meetup!

      March 23, 2013

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