Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Book of the Week - HOME by Toni Morrison
from We Love this Book
Toni Morrison’s latest novella Home opens with a
flashback of something horrific happening in a young man's childhood. Then
we meet our narrator – 24-year-old Korean War veteran Frank Money – as he
tries to work out his escape from a psychiatric ward. What happened in his
childhood that he still barely comprehends and yet leads him to drink? Why
is he locked in a psychiatric hospital? And why must he escape at any cost?
In this novella – "novella" may lead us into
believing this could be a slight book for big subjects, but it's not – Morrison
doesn’t let a word run spare. The prose is poetic, yet hard and forceful.