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"The story of a Korean war veteran on a quest to save his younger sister"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307594167
0307594165
Characteristics: 145 p. ; 22 cm

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ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 10, 2018

Pulls you in to a particular vision of heaven on earth found amid degrading racism, poverty, and war.

RogerDeBlanck Jan 31, 2018

With a literary career that spanned into its fifth decade with the publication of Home, Morrison continued to produce work as powerful and unforgettable as any fiction in this day and age. Home may be a slender novel, but it lacks none of the storytelling ingenuity and character depth that are hallmarks of every one of Morrison’s works. A veteran of the Korean War, Frank Money returns to the states with the great fortune of having escaped physical wounds. More distressingly, though, he suffers from nightmarish flashbacks over the atrocities he committed as a soldier. He is also distressed over any thought of returning to his godforsaken hometown of Lotus, Georgia. When a letter arrives from a resident of his childhood town telling him that his younger sister, Ycidra ("Cee"), has fallen victim to a crime, Frank bolts back to the place he despises in order to save her.

The central story of Frank and Cee is compelling and tender. It recounts life's struggle to survive and to find ways to forgive and move on. Morrison packs surprises and shocks, and the ending is tremendously sad and beautiful in its power to explore how any transgression can be faced with dignity and how solace can be found in a redeeming act of grace. The main plot is supplemented with side stories, full of their own intrigue. Even in such a short novel such as Home, Morrison's range of narrative is extraordinary. Everything feels so authentic and every character, no matter how minor, feels so real. Her novels are never one straightforward narrative. They are canvases with various spots of unforgettable insight. They are interwoven tableaus of places and people. Morrison offers up fascinating details, and her prose is vibrant and fresh, reminding us of her brilliance. Even in its brevity, Home is another testament that with each work Toni Morrison breaks new ground as an artist and re-establishes the measure of what every writer should do: challenge their self and continue to produce work that bristles with emotion, packs a punch, and evokes admiration.

Franln Aug 14, 2017

I love Toni Morrison's writing. The Bluest Eye is my favorite one so far but this one is very good too.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Home lacks the riveting storyline typical of early Morrison, but does not neglect the beautifully selected language that is indicative of any Morrison story.

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voisjoe1_0
Jan 28, 2016

Frank Money, an African-American a Korean War vet, discovers that he is still treated as a subhuman by most whites on his return to the American South. This is the first book I have ever read about an African-American Korean vet who risked his life to preserve the freedom of Southern Whites to discriminate against him. Without writers like Toni Morrison, Americans would continue to believe that only whites are heroes. In Django Unchained we saw a 19th century White plantation owner forcing his slaves to wrestle to the death. In this book, you read that the practice still existed in the 20th century.

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bookwormjeph
May 18, 2015

I read this in almost one session. Another great novel form Toni Morrison about a black veteran arriving home from the Korean war. His trials, his nightmares and his journey back to a home town he never wanted to return to. That is all I will say. Get it and read it.

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uncommonreader
Jun 03, 2014

A restrained novella telling a story of redemption. It is unusual for Morrison in its male protagonist, but usual in containing the themes which preoccupy her. This is a remarkably hopeful story given the personal circumstances of Morrison's life at the time.

sheilahamanaka Mar 18, 2013

Home is a great book. Run to the library and get the audiobook version of "Home" and you will hear Toni Morrison read her book. It is a wonderful gift to hear her tell the story.

Even though it's a completely different genre, and completely different medium, I had the same sensation reading "Home" as I did watching "Spirited Away" by Miyazaki. Or maybe Kurosawa's movie "Dreams" - the frightening segment with the dog and the soldier at the tunnel. Everything is surprising. Missing are the cultural stereotypes we are so used to. Home is steeped in a culture that - if you are not African American - you've heard about, but know nothing about, really. I found myself wondering how a person who doesn't know much about U.S. history would take this book. And in fact, educators might want to have their students read "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present" by Harriet Washington http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_... as background for this novel.

Too, I wondered if readers would understand the reference to the "fellow traveler" who was fired by the doctor. To those who know the history of communists organizing in the south,, such references, like the Money family's backstory, are echoes of a people's history.

The revelation about the killer of the Korean girl made me sad. I am reminded of Seymour Hirsch's account of the mass murders at My Lai, in Viet Nam. Hirsch said that it was white soldiers who did the killing - that the Black and Latino soldiers held back. The relationships between people of color and Native peoples - all of whom have internalized racism and white supremacy to one degree or another - is something that I need to study and if readers can recommend books to me that explore these relationships with any class consciousness please let me know. The Asian characters in Home are not treated with the same depth, but I understand Morrison's parameters in her tale.

I was annoyed by the NYTimes review, which compared some of Morrison;s lines to "in text SparkNotes." Even more disturbing was the reviewer Leah Hager Cohen's conclusion,

"Part of Morrison’s longstanding greatness resides in her ability to animate specific stories about the black experience and simultaneously speak to all experience. It’s precisely by committing unreservedly to the first that she’s able to transcend the circumscribed audience it might imply. This work’s accomplishment lies in its considerable capacity to make us feel that we are each not only resident but co-owner of, and collectively accountable for, this land we call home."

That's what I call dragging out the teddy bear of Humanity. It was/is a horrible experience but we all share it, we can be comforted by squeezing the teddy bear and go back to sleep because the nightmare is over. Somehow this makes people feel better - we're all human, and now we understand each other better and the world is better. Not! I don't think it's possible for white people, for non-Blacks, to understand the Black experience. And why would the ability to speak to white people (as implied but not stated by Cohen) be a "transcendence"?

I saw the Money's world as something outside my ken. For me, the only thing that gives me some sense of what is going on in the world is my limited grasp of history - that is, of capitalism - and the role that race and white supremacy play in the warping of all human, and in fact all natural relations.

So while I understand Morrison's choices, I found myself musing, well, perhaps the "fellow traveler" fired by the doctor was Leonid McGill's father -- Leonid (Walter Mosley's latest detective hero) whose father was a communist.

nutty7688 Feb 21, 2013

Not the best read by Toni Morrison, but it was quick.

cry2hvn827 Jan 04, 2013

I'm an avid Toni Morrison fan and Home does not disappoint. Taking place in racist America in the mid to late 20th century, Ms. Morrison takes us on a glorified ride. The two antagonists learn lessons of pride, integrity, and forgiveness. Not quite the same caliber as Bluest Eye or Beloved, but I'm definitely keeping it on my shelf

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lyndapringle
Feb 14, 2013

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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becker
Jun 30, 2012

“Look to yourself. You free. Nothing and nobody is obliged to save you but you.”

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