CW: child death, adultery, and murder
This isn’t my first Morrison book. My first was Beloved. Then, I read The Bluest Eye. And I’ve read a few others, but those are my most memorable ones. I’ve owned this book for over four years, just sitting at my shelf staring at me, but I’ve decided that I want to read more diversely starting in 2019. Plus, it’s Black History Month. Even better.
Sula is about many things. And I’m not an analyst. I enjoy doing it every so often, but it’s not what I do. I’m not going to analyze this book for you. But, for me, it was about intergenerational women.
The titular character, Sula, is the product of so many things. Eva, Sula’s grandmother, was abandoned by her husband and left to raise children, including Hannah, Sula’s mother. Hannah was also abandoned by her husband and had to raise Sula. Then, there’s Sula who is with no one.
On the other hand, there’s Nel, Sula’s friend. Her mother was abandoned by her husband (see a theme??) and raised Nel on her own. However, she follows her mother’s path by marrying and having children and then having a less-than-great husband.
A huge theme in basically every Morrison book I’ve read is the shittiness of men. Now, I agree there. Men can be pretty shitty, but, literally, all the men were horrible. They cheated on their wives. They abandoned their families. I find it interesting to see how there’s such a huge theme of this in the story. And, I just don’t know enough about family dynamics to say whether this throughout American Black culture or if it’s just because it’s a huge part of Morrison’s personal history.
Either way, it’s such an interesting theme to see in the book. That and how it spans across the generations.
Also, this book is so reminiscent of Beloved. God, the themes there. A woman growing sick because of herself. And a house swallowing her up. If you’ve read Beloved, you’ll know exactly what I mean.
This book definitely eased me back into Morrison’s work. I’m definitely going to read more of her soon!
Have you read this book? What did you think?
Have you read any other Morrison books? Why or why not?