I finished reading Toni Morrison's Tar Baby a few days ago. It's the first book of hers I've read and I'm immensely impressed. There were so much layers upon layers and I truly love her attention to details, even if at times if feels like overload. But I feel all the details help paint this picture into a more 3D world and in truly making the characters whole. While there are minor characters, even their stories carry weight and affect overall themes and parts of the plots going on. A beautiful and unfiltered story of race and self identity. We follow a young black woman, Jadine, who is a model and her relationship with a fugitive black man, Son, who sneaks into the house she is staying at, owned by the Streets, a white couple with black help. Among the racial tension between Jadine and Son, there's also a lot of passion and strong dialogue concerning their two different worlds and how they relate to the other occupants of the house. This book is filled with symbolism, the most obviously being the folklore elements of the Tar Baby from the African American oral tales. While giving you a lot to use and make interpretations, Morrison doesn't hold you hand and this is what definitely made me love the reading even more. I'm actually surprised to hear this is one of Morrison's least favored books. There seem to be a lot of people who don't seem to "get it" either.
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Greg, thank you for your insights.Benderbrau:
Greg: Unwrapping the riddles of the black man since 2006Starlord:
I swear if you were gay and I wasn't married we'd make the perfect fuck buddies.Greg:
I'd do many things. Coke is not one of them.Benderbrau:
Greg hates all things white.Benderbrau:
Emma, you could learn a thing or two from Greg. Greg does threesomes. That's bi done right.