By Toni Morrison
Spare and unsparing, God support the Child--the first novel by way of Toni Morrison to be set in our present moment--weaves a story concerning the method the sufferings of adolescence can form, and misshape, the lifetime of the adult.
At the guts: a tender lady who calls herself Bride, whose beautiful blue-black epidermis is just one component of her attractiveness, her boldness and self belief, her luck in existence, yet which triggered her light-skinned mom to disclaim her even the easiest varieties of love. there's Booker, the fellow Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white baby with whom she crosses paths. and eventually, Bride's mom herself, Sweetness, who takes a life-time to return to appreciate that "what you do to little ones issues. and they would by no means forget."
A fierce and provocative novel that provides a brand new size to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison.
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I don't know what it is," answered Fiver wretchedly. "There isn't any danger here, at this moment. But it's coming--it's coming. Oh, Hazel, look! The field! " "Don't be silly, it's only the light of the sunset. " Fiver sat trembling and crying among the nettles as Hazel tried to reassure him and to find out what it could be that had suddenly driven him beside himself. If he was terrified, why did he not run for safety, as any sensible rabbit would? But Fiver could not explain and only grew more and more distressed.
In a wild and free state they ... stray sometimes for miles ... wandering until they find a suitable environment. M. Lockley, The Private Life of the Rabbit It was getting on toward moonset when they left the fields and entered the wood. Straggling, catching up with one another, keeping more or less together, they had wandered over half a mile down the fields, always following the course of the brook. Although Hazel guessed that they must now have gone further from the warren than any rabbit he had ever talked to, he was not sure whether they were yet safely away: and it was while he was wondering--not for the first time--whether he could hear sounds of pursuit that he first noticed the dark masses of the trees and the brook disappearing among them.
R. M. Lockley's remarkable book, The Private Life of the Rabbit. Anyone who wishes to know more about the migrations of yearlings, about pressing chin glands, chewing pellets, the effects of over-crowding in warrens, the phenomenon of re-absorption of fertilized embryos, the capacity of buck rabbits to fight stoats, or any other features of Lapine life, should refer to that definitive work. PART I The Journey 1. The Notice Board CHORUS: Why do you cry out thus, unless at some vision of horror? CASSANDRA: The house reeks of death and dripping blood.