I’ve Read Better Morrison
This is the story of two black girls, Sula and Nel who become the best of friends in 1973 small town in Ohio. It is both a coming of age story and the trials and tribulations of adulthood, with little opportunity. Both women follow different paths but eventually converge.
I have heard so many wonderful things about this little book that I had to see what all of the fuss was about. I read Morrison’s The Bluest Eye for a women’s studies course in university years ago and really got a lot out of it, so I was quite hopeful with Sula.
What I got, was what seemed like stereotyping. It seemed like Morrison was almost poking fun at her own culture. While the reader new what was happening, the story seemed to be intentionally confusing and ambiguous.
From the description on the back cover of this book, it says:

“Together, they create an unforgettable portrait of what it means and costs to be a black woman in America”

Granted, this book was written in 1973, but I pray that this does not define “what it means” to be a black woman anywhere!

I won’t go as far as saying that this book is a waste of time. I wouldn’t have finished reading it if I thought it was, but Morrison can and has done better.
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