A keen and insightful story. Song of Solomon is about personal and familial acceptance. It spans the life of Macon “Milkman” Dead; actually from just moments prior to his birth. Those events somehow foreshadowed the unrest he would always feel and Morrison takes us with him through his journey of self-discovery.
Seems that everyone told Milkman why he existed, but he knew their versions weren’t correct.
Woven primarily through the tale of his father and his father’s sister, Milkman struggled to find his place. His father was a wealthy man who controlled his family financially and mentally. He even controlled the neighborhood as he seemed to have owned just about every property in town. Though Milkman wanted for very little fiscally, he craved to get away from that house he was raised in and lived in as a man with his parents, the widening sea between he and his best friend, the neighborhood he’d been looking at day in and day out for so many years. Oddly enough, it was his father’s greed that sent Milkman on an odyssey that unravelled generations of doors and wound up satisfying him in ways he never imagined.
All Milkman wanted was knowledge of a world outside of his line of sight. He’d always wanted to fly; something he realized in the womb and sought throughout his days. He knew if he didn’t give his wings a try, he’d never learn what he was capable of accomplishing or even giving.
Beautifully, metaphorically written. Sad at times and uplifting in others. I loved the way Morrison brought it all together… I really did.
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977. 5 of 5 stars.
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