God Help the Child

God Help the Child 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 th

  • Title: God Help the Child
  • Author: Toni Morrison
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  • Page: 244
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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 liSpare 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 A fierce and provocative novel that adds a new dimension to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison.

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    1. Toni Morrison born Chloe Anthony Wofford , is an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters among the best known are her novels The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 In 2001 she was named one of The 30 Most Powerful Women in America by Ladies Home Journal.

    2. Read this in one breath. Really lovely novel about how a young woman made a desperate choice to be loved by her mother, how that choice would shape her life, and how she was able to overcome a mistake to become her own woman. I am especially marveling at the novel's structure and how it all comes together at the end. I was both surprised and satisfied by the ending. This is just an excellent novel.

    3. When I took a grad school class on Toni Morrison, I started a (pretentious, I know) tradition of 9-word reviews of her work. Look, I was young and she had written 9 books at the time. Anyway, I'll do the same here:Everybody is fucked up. There's usually a good reason.Then I'll cheat and add that Toni Morrison is a national treasure and I'm so thankful to have her books in my life.

    4. Everybody bow down, Toni Morrison still reigns. In this short novel, we meet Bride. A young woman who, as a child, testified in a court case which led to the imprisonment of an alleged child abuser. Twenty years later, Bride tries to make peace with the woman whom she sent to prison. I'll stop there and allow you to read the rest of the novel.Morrison imbues this novel with her renowned mastery of prose which allows the reader to sweep through this novel in only a sitting or two. This novel is a [...]

    5. "أنا خائفة، هناك أمر سئ يحدث لي، أشعر كما لو أنني أذوب، لا يمكنني أن أفسر ذلك لكني أعرف متي بدأ. بدأ بعدما قال لي: "لستِ المرأة التي أريد" ."و لا أنا" و ما زلت لا أعرف لمَ قلت ذلك. "*************************************كلمة، فقط كلمة كلمة قيلت أو لم تقال كلمة قيلت و لم تصدق عليها نظرة عينككلمة وعدت بي [...]

    6. 3.5 stars “No matter how hard we try to ignore it, the mind always knows truth and wants clarity.”– Toni Morrison, God Help The ChildIt took me a while to write this review, mainly because I was trying to find the right words. I’ve read most of Morrison’s books There was something about it that did not feel very much like her other books. That’s not to say an author has to stick to one writing style but there were some parts of the book that caught me off-guard. Structurally this fel [...]

    7. This novel is really not goodThe reviews have been studiously polite but have been gesturing to the deficits in the book, which are considerable. I say this not to discredit Toni Morrison because I love her work. But the elements of this novel are explored with so much more nuance and terrible beauty elsewhere in her oeuvre: cruelty, sexual abuse, color consciousness, and the terrible vulnerability of children (The Bluest Eye) and the inhuman force of fire, the irresistible allure of a strong se [...]

    8. يعد الفيلسوف الفرنسي سارتر أشهر من رفض جائزة نوبل، وبالرغم من أنه تحفظ على أسباب رفضه، إلا أن بعض النقاد يعتقدون بأنه كان يخشى ألا يعود قادرًا على الكتابة بحرية مرة أخرى.لا أعرف إن كان ذلك صحيحًا أم لا، وما إذا كانت الجوائز مقبرة للإبداع فعلاً، ولكن هنالك فعلاً أمثلة على أدبا [...]

    9. Onvan : God Help the Child - Nevisande : Toni Morrison - ISBN : 307594173 - ISBN13 : 9780307594174 - Dar 178 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2014

    10. "لقد علّمتني درساً كان عليّ أن أعرفه منذ زمن؛ ما تفعله للأطفال يؤثّر بهم، وقد لا ينسونه أبداً."في كتاب قرأته مؤخراً، لفتت نظري جملة توقفت عندها طويلاً: "مستقبلي ورائي" نعم، فما يمر بالأطفال يشكّل مستقبلهم وقد يدمّر حياتهم! وكم هي كثيرة تلك الوحوش الإنسانية التي تختبئ وراء قناع [...]

    11. 4.5 Absolutely amazing, Morrison can put a story together as very few can. Although only a short novel, so much is said, so much emotional territory is covered. When Sweetness, a light skinned black gives birth to a blue black baby, she is appalled as is her husband who quickly leaves the family. Treating her daughter, Lulu Ann roughly, she makes excuses for herself by thinking she is teaching her child how rough the world would treat her by the color of her skin. Calling herself Bride, Lulu Ann [...]

    12. No lonesome wandering child with a fishing pole passed by and glanced at the adults in the dusty gray car. But if one had, he or she might have noticed the pronounced smiles of the couple, how dreamy their eyes were, but would not care a bit what caused that shine of happiness.A child. New life. Immune to evil or illness, protected from kidnap, beatings, rape, racism, insult, hurt, self-loathing, abandonment. Error-free. All goodness. Minus wrath. So they believe. The children in Toni Morrison [...]

    13. Just. What?Why did we need to shift into Brooklyn's and the falsely accused woman's perspectives? Their sections were impossibly short and didn't do anything to drive the narrative or develop any characters. Why did Queen become such an integral part of the story so late in the game? Why do Sweetness chapters bookend this story when she has very little to do or contribute to the storytelling anywhere else? Why so much molestation? There are at least five separate cases referenced; I was expectin [...]

    14. ليكن الرب في عوني أنا، ليكن في عوني أنا التي كنت دائمًا ما أترّنم بحظي الجيد دومًا مع الكُتب وكيف أنجذب بفعل الصدفة وبغير ترتيب أو تدخل منيّ إلى الكُتب التي بها رابط أو علاقة ما وكأنها خيط ما أن أجذب طرفه حتى يشد بعضه البعض.في هذه الرواية لا أعلم صدقًا لما خاب حظيّ، الرواية جيد [...]

    15. Writing this review has shifted my rated from 3-4 stars, to 5. What an eclectic book, what an interesting writer! This is my first foray into Toni Morrison books. I listened to the audio, narrated by the author. She has a dreamy voice, I was initially feeling a little mesmerised and sleepy, but decided to enjoy the story telling, by the creator, it is real. Her words pack a punch at every turn, every statement is strong and full bodied. The process of writing this story must have been exhausting [...]

    16. This book was sitting half-read in a Kansas City hotel room, while I was visiting the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. After finishing the novel, I reflected on one of the characters' saying that race doesn't exist, that it's not a scientific but a social construct and even more so an economic engine; and I was reminded of the museum, where these same ideas are so very apparent.Though the main female character is gawked at for both her blue-black skin and her beauty, race is not the novel's main t [...]

    17. Last month while accepting a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Critics Circle, Toni Morrison noted that back in 1970 when she published her debut novel, “The Bluest Eye,” “the reception was slight, indifferent.”Forty-five years and one Nobel Prize later, the reception has been entirely redecorated. Her 1987 classic, “Beloved,” is justly inscribed in the literary history of the 20th century; her name is regularly invoked along with Faulkner and Ellison. Her new novel, [...]

    18. تحمست لقراءة الكتاب منذ علمت بصدوره إلا أن التأجيل كان قائمًا, وجاءت الفرصة لخوض التجربة برفقة أصدقاء نوبل.منذ الصباح وأنا أحاول كتابة مراجعة منصفة لهذا العمل، مابين المسودات المكتوبة أثناء القراءة، والمراجعة المبدئية بعد الانتهاء مباشرة، وما بينهما خبر وفاة الأسطورة محم [...]

    19. Warning: Strong language and adult situationsGod help the child sentenced to life as a character in a Toni Morisson novel. God help the child. Her fans, including my own troubled self (but not the untroubled one), know that within Morrison's work there lurks the F.U.S.T.H. The FUSTH invisibly powers the outward fling of consequence, or it magnetically calls actors back to its charged core. The Fucked-Up Shit That Happened. The Fucked-Up Shit that Happened finds itself inscribed upon her characte [...]

    20. Unfortunately, this felt more like a parody of a Toni Morrison novel rather than an actual Toni Morrison novel. (In truth, it felt like a parody of a novel, period, considering it was really more like a 90pp. novella set in big type with lots of white space to bulk it up to a $25 hardcover.) Sadly, Morrison's larger than life emotions weren't heady, but maudlin; the usually legendary and mythic tenor of the events curdled into cliche. The writing felt not pitched in a heavenly key, but just over [...]

    21. رواية مقبولة،بأحداث عادية وترجمة سيئة،غير أنها لم تكن تستحق كل تلك الضجة

    22. ليكن الرب في عون الطفلة!رواية مفعمة وترابط قصصها وشخصياتها يجعلانها محفزة وجذابة، أزلت نجمتين، الأولى بسبب كم الفظاعات المذكورة عن الإساءة للأطفال -يا الله- والثانية بسبب كم الإبتذال في نص الرواية من أوصاف.وليكن الرب في عون الأطفال أجمع ليت الكبار يفهمون أن الأطفال يفهمون [...]

    23. This was my first Toni Morrison. It has made me question why I never read her before now. God Help the Child revolves around a woman named Bride, born with blue-black skin, a sin for which her mother had no forgiveness. She and seemingly everyone she knows have faced scarring childhood trauma. Those traumas make up the central theme of the book: how our childhoods affect us for the rest of our lives. The decisions we make, the people with which we choose to associate, and our worldviews are deep [...]

    24. Giving a Toni Morrison book only 3 stars seems ridiculous in light of some of the 4 and 5 star ratings I've doled out. What I'm saying is, Morrison can write the pants off of most writers. Whether you like her stuff/style or not, it must be admitted that the woman can string together one word after another in a very pleasing manner.Having said that, God Help the Child did not enthrall me as others of hers have. I'm not 100% sure why. There could be a number reasons, here are some of them:There w [...]

    25. update:I love that so many other reviewers share my sentiments that it feels eerily wrong rating a Toni Morrison novel less than 4 stars or not singing her praises. Many people also mentioned that, we'll give her a break she is 84 years old still writing a novel and living her dream. True. I guess I didn't take that into consideration. I was wondering why her later novels have been short and underdeveloped. the woman is 8 decades old plus some change so the fact that I was expecting Beloved or T [...]

    26. The theme of childhood traumatic events leaving lasting damage runs through "God Help the Child". The central figure in the book is Lulu who was rejected by her lighter skinned parents because her skin was "midnight black, Sudanese black". Lulu makes a terrible mistake to get her mother's attention and approval, and ruins someone's life. When Lulu becomes older, she works for a cosmetics firm and changes her name to Bride. The beautiful Bride embraces her dark blue-black skin, and accentuates it [...]

    27. نص نابض يستجلي مفاهيم كالعنصرية و الاستغلال و التحرش الجنسي، مفاهيم تبدو كالمحركات الساكنة في سويداء قلب المجتمع الأمريكي ولكن خمودها الحالي لا يعني عدم قابليتها للاشتعال مجددًا ، استعدت أثناء القراءة أجواء الوصمة البشرية - ل فيليب روث - من حيث لا أعلم؛ يبدو أن للأدب الأمري [...]

    28. "You're not having a baby. You're having a person."How many of us would dare to have children if we were required to get this idea tattooed on our hearts and minds first? If we had to hear it said to us every morning for a year, and make some reply proving we understood what it meant?This book is often harsh and occasionally beautiful. It would also, as my 17-year-old son likes to say about certain books and movies, make excellent birth control.Happy early Mother's Day.

    29. The cycle of life, naivete, childhood burdens, and of course the all-knowing sigh of a battle-worn parent who finally gets to say, "Now that you're a parent, you'll see how hard it is." The (view spoiler)[magical realism (hide spoiler)] element was a nice surprise, and I'm glad it wasn't mentioned in any synopses.

    30. A short, searing novel that aims to grab you and pin you against the wall.A light skinned African American woman panics when her child is born ‘too dark’. Her husband, also light-skinned, leaves the family over this issue.The mother practices tough love in order to prepare her charcoal black daughter for the discrimination she’ll face in the world. But at the same time she is repulsed by her daughter and even avoids touching her.While in elementary school there was an opportunity for the l [...]

    31. How is Toni Morrison still this good?This short novel starts with a brief chapter by a mother whose daughter is born with exceptionally dark skin. The mother, Sweetness, says very little, but you can see that she thinks this is a curse her daughter must bear. That attitude is the beginning of a woman's journey and a story about child abuse of all kinds. Physical, sexual, emotional, it's all here in one way or another. None of it is described in detail, the story picks up when Sweetness's daughte [...]

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