Song of Solomon, Paperback Book
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Song of Solomon is a work of outstanding beauty and power, whose story covers the years from the 1930's to the 1960's in America.

At its centre is Macon Dead Jr, the son of a wealthy black property owner, who has been brought up to revere the white world.

Macon learns about the tyranny of white society from his friend Guitar, though he is more concerned to escape the tyranny of his father.

So while Guitar joins a terrorist group of poor blacks, Macon goes home to the South, lured by tales of buried family treasure.

His journey leads to the discovery of something more valuable than gold, his past.

Yet the truth about his origins and his true self is not fully revealed to Macon until he and Guitar meet once again in powerful, and deadly confrontation.


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Read in March 2001. There were different reactions to this book. This was the first Toni Morrison read for most of us, though some have read Beloved and The Bluest Eye. Beautifully written dealing with complex family issues ..... this book took us to a different place altogether and generated an interesting discussion.

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An amazing book. The characters are with me still.

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