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God Help the Child: A novel (edição 2015)

por Toni Morrison (Autor)

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Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child--the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment--weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride's mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."… (mais)
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Título:God Help the Child: A novel
Autores:Toni Morrison (Autor)
Informação:Alfred A. Knopf (2015), Edition: First, 192 pages
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Avaliação:*****
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Toni Morrison’s final novel, God Help the Child, was published in 2015. It is the only book in her eleven-novel body of work that is set in contemporary times. The main character is a young woman named Bride, a successful executive at a cosmetics company. Bride was poorly treated by her mother, who couldn’t accept Bride’s “blue-black” skin color, but Bride believes she has moved past that abandonment. Then Bride’s partner, Booker, leaves her suddenly and without explanation, although the reader is aware it’s due to Bride’s recent well-intentioned but misguided behavior towards another person (I don’t want to reveal too many details about that in this review). She eventually sets off on a journey to find Booker, which has a life-changing impact.

This novel celebrates the possibility for individuals to become fully-formed adults despite childhood trauma, while also making it clear how difficult that journey is. Bride and Booker are victims of such trauma, which looms so large that neither one can support the other. Booker is initially a vague, undefined figure, but his back story, when revealed late in the novel, is one of the most interesting parts of the book.

Morrison’s late career writing style is less experimental and complex than her early works. While her early style confused me at first, I found myself wishing she had made more use of it in God Help the Child. Themes of childhood abuse ran like a current through this work, but the emotional impact was not as visceral as in The Bluest Eye. Morrison introduced elements of magical realism, but failed to develop them as fully as in her prize-winning Beloved. And the secondary characters -- Bride’s friend Brooklyn and Booker’s aunt Queen -- could also have been fleshed out to play more significant roles.

Nevertheless, the stories of Bride and Booker’s respective healing journeys make for good reading and show why Toni Morrison was one of our literary greats. ( )
  lauralkeet | Jul 17, 2021 |
While I recognize Toni's amazing ability with words, I didn't find this modern fable all that appealing or insightful. ( )
  illmunkeys | Apr 22, 2021 |
Pretty meh. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
The things we do as adults are haunted by the ways in which we were treated as children. That's the thesis of this book, and it is both moving and horrifying at once. Morrison's prose is, as always, incredible, and this time, she does well to give several backstories that make you understand why her characters act the way they do. It's an emotional and challenging read, but well worth it. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
I went into this with no expectations and found a powerful, moving, and vulnerable love story. A love story within a family, with a lover, and above all, with oneself. Morrison has said so much, making elegant and eloquent points, without feeling the need to dive unnecessarily into weighty details. Instead, in under 200 pages, she manages to explore family dynamics in two different families, friendship, the evils of sexual abuse and the ignoring of it in our society, self-exploration and love, and human weakness and kindness. Really excellently done. 4.5 stars. ( )
  avanders | Nov 23, 2020 |
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As the book flies toward its conclusion, the speed bumps in its early pages quickly recede in the rearview mirror. Writing with gathering speed and assurance as the book progresses, Ms. Morrison works her narrative magic, turning the Ballad of Bride and Booker into a tale that is as forceful as it is affecting, as fierce as it is resonant.
adicionada por ozzer | editarNew York Times, Michiko Kakutani (Apr 16, 2015)
 
"Although deeply embedded in African-American history, Toni Morrison's writings have always gone beyond standard representations of African Americans as victimized or marginalized individuals drifting along the outskirts of white concerns. She has instead presented them as central cosmic presences wading their way through currents of unique human experience shaped by powerful confluences of historical developments. As an author, Toni Morrison in some important ways is to American fiction what the late W.E.B. Du Bois and Howard Zinn were to American history: a revisionist of themes and texts who expanded narratives on the American story to validate the testimonies of those whose lives and voices had been classified as 'minor'.” -- Aberjhani
 

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Laferrière, ChristineTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child--the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment--weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride's mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."

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