Toni Morrison is just amazing. If you loved “Beloved,” you will love “A Mercy” as well. Her latest book is set during slavery times in the south and follows the lives of characters who seem to occupy very different stations in life, but none-the-less play important roles in eachother’s lives. Morrison is a writer’s writer. There are so many beautiful passages in this book where the writing is just exquisitely good. For example, there’s one part where she talks about a man’s back looking very sexy as it is glistening with sweat while he works. However, she doesn’t say that. Instead she says “You probably don’t even know anything at all about what your back looks like whatever the sky holds: sunlight, moonrise. I rest there. My hand, my eyes my mouth.” Her writing is so emotionally decadent and personal. I love it.
You could fill up an entire semester of a class just talking about the way she goes in and out of first person narration and hops around in time while somehow still having a cohesive storyline. Morrison is without a doubt a literary genius. This book is definitely worth a read and a re-read.
Editor’s Note: This review is actually on my Good Reads profile. Are you on Good Reads? You should be! Join and add me as a friend. You can follow along with me as I add book reviews. I’m always reading something and I rarely post book reviews on my blog. Anywho, one thing I didn’t put on my Good Reads review is that I had the pleasure of meeting Toni Morrison at a book signing for “A Mercy” last month and I got to tell her how fabulous I think she is and how “The Bluest Eye” was the first novel I ever read. Love her.