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Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop Song of PDFEPUBin a vain attempt at flight For the rest of his life he too will be trying to Have you ever considered the historical heritage and the intrinsic meaning of your name and surname What is a proper noun if not a word that carries concentrated uintessence to depict oneself Aren t people named after parents or grandparents paying homage to their own ancestry somehowThere is something miraculous about the past that the future lacks All nations maybe even the whole mankind have managed to transform thousands and millions of particular fictions created by individual beings into a uniue and collective memory into a shared history into a coherent past Contrarily the future can t be designed collectively Its individual fictions are elusive unfinished bled dry because like all visions of heaven and hell they are ethereal Milkman believes people s names reflect their own yearnings failures wishes weaknesses and even their worst fears Names bear witness names are condensed DNA But what happens if one s name is the byproduct of mere randomness or the result of some humiliating mishap like a white drunkard mistyping what he hears Milkman s official name is Macom Dead Named after his father and grandfather Macom the third knows he can t have a future because his surname is Dead His nickname Milkman mirrors disturbing connotations about his mother Ruth and the effects sustained sexual deprivation and marital abuse have on her waning psyche perverting the significance of Macon s nickname and leaving the young man even restless about his true origins It s a wonder anybody knows who anybody is A whole generation of people with empty names Empire States Railroads Hospital Guitar Bains Macom Dead A dark joke played on a hapless community by a wounded past suppurating with centuries of slavery and steadfast barbarity where everybody is on a uest to give meaning to their hollow identities Some like Milkman s father the regal Macom Dead the second think they can recover their robbed pride with riches and status Others like Guitar Bains Milkman s best friend are moved by a bloodthirsty and insane vengeance to rebalance justice in a universe ruled with radical fanaticism They are all groping in the dark lost in the thick mist of fear and shame in a world where the living and the dead coexist in the mystical tradition of Afro American songsOnly those who are not afraid of ghosts only those who intone healing melodies to suture the scarred past only those who welcome anonymity with arms wide open possess the clairvoyance to reach beyond the mist and are blessed with the redeeming light of truth Pilate Milkman s aunt and his father s sister is a natural shaman who searches no Eually shunned yet respected by all she accepts the encumbrance of existence and pays her respects to her ancestors in taking life as the precious treasure it is forcing Milkman to ponder about his aimless oneEstranged from his own family and impelled by self pity Milkman embarks on a journey to the past that leads him to Southern Virginia following the traces of his great grandfather Who is Solomon Why does Milkman have an urge to fly since he was a kid Why is he rooted in a past that prevents him from thinking of a future What is he really afraid of A chain of prodigious events involving supernatural experiences in a cave full of bones and gold the communion of a man s lost soul with Mother Earth and disturbing dreams about disembodied female spirits points selfless love as the hidden path to Milkman s true identity With the menacing subplot of a declared racial war pulsating in her arrhythmic phrasing Morrison creates a joined voice for the oppressed minorities of the Afro American community that sings with the inherent melody of myths and legends incrusted in their popular tradition Below Morrison s unmistakable sumptuous prose vibrant imagery and the allegoric dimension of her magic realism there is a painful exploration of recurrent themes such as the weight of past the burden of present and the shifting power between genders in the Southern America of the sixtiesSinking his fingers deep into the mossy soil cradled by the roots of a Sweetgum Tree and inhaling the movement of the whispering leaves Milkman listens to the soft tune of a faraway song Solomon done fly Solomon done gone Solomon cut across the sky Solomon gone home Blinded by the absence of fear and tired of dodging death Milkman submits to the Song of Solomon and opens his wings to soar the skies with a lightness of being and a confident heart beating with faith for a bright future that will redeem a silenced past

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Fly With this brilliantly imagined novel Toni Morrison transfigures the coming of age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Máruez As she follows Milkman from his Sprawling and epic Song of Solomon paints a vibrant picture of Black social life across midcentury America The coming of age novel follows Milkman Dead a Black man caught in arrested development as he journeys from his hometown in Michigan to rural Pennsylvania and Virginia in a uest for legendary gold after a youth full of waste indecision and wealth As he searches for gold Milkman overcomes hardships of all kinds learns about his heritage and matures all the while he s pursued by his fanatical childhood best friend Guitar who s convinced that Milkman will keep all the gold for himself after promising to gift him part of the sum Along the way Morrison fully renders the inner lives of the Black folk Milkman crosses on his journey toward adulthood from a town janitor to his father s midwife The novel s linear and straightforward than the writer s other work but easily ranks as one of her best


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  1. says:

    He walked there now strutted is the better word for he had a high behind and an athlete' stride thinking of names Surely he thought he and his sister had some ancestor some lithe young man with onyx skin and legs as straight as cane stalks who had a name that was real A name given to him at birth with love and seriousness A name that was not

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    Have you ever considered the historical heritage and the intrinsic meaning of your name and surname What is a proper noun if not a word that carries concentrated uintessence to depict oneself Aren’t people named after parents or grandparents paying homage to their own ancestry somehowThere is something miraculous about t

  3. says:

    Almost four whole months into 2015 and I've finally read my first four star book You can always trust Toni Morrison to deliver even when you think all hope is lost I think Song of Solomon is my favourite Morrison novel thus far This novel just flows with greatness I feel that I enjoyed this book than let's say Beloved because the

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    Song of Solomon begins and ends with a leap a man hurling himself into the air an act of surrender Book ended between these attempted acts of flight a rich and beautiful work of literature slowly gradually takes wingThis is the fifth Toni Morrison book I’ve read after Beloved The Bluest Eye Home and Sula and I think of these five

  5. says:

    Sprawling and epic Song of Solomon paints a vibrant picture of Black social life across midcentury America The coming of age novel follows Milkman Dead a Black man caught in arrested development as he journeys from his homet

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    “You wanna fly you got to give up the shit that weighs you down” ― Toni Morrison Song of SolomonI liked all of it and loved much of it It is an amazing piece of literature with beautifully realized characters Originally I felt this book was on par with The Bluest Eye but still not as strong as Beloved I now think the

  7. says:

    One of my absolute favorites partly for the followingYou can't own a human being You can't lose what you don't own

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    455There's something to be said for stories Beyond all the talk of clichés the bemoaning of stereotypes the intricate and obsessive breakdown of the latest wave of hyped up mass media extravaganza that has managed to aggressively worm its way into the mob conscience Beyond the deep seated resignation at puzzle piece popularityI don't have anything against the forthright advocates of analysis at all levels of fiction Far

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    08062019 Update Toni Morrison has died and while I engage in my usual reuiem ritual of listening to Al Green's Take Me To The River I immediately came back to my experience reading this book Though she's dead what's important is that we still have her books her words and the site of her memory I read this book back in 201