Song of SolomonBook - 1977
We see Milkman growing up in his father's money-haunted, death-haunted house with his silent sisters and strangely passive mother, beginning to move outward--through his profound love and combat with his friend Guitar...through Guitar's mad and loving commitment to the secret avengers called the Seven Days...through Milkman's exotic, imprisoning affair with his love-blind cousin, Hagar...and through his unconscious apprenticeship to his mystical Aunt Pilate, who saved his life before he was born.
And we follow him as he strikes out alone; moving first toward adventure and then--as the unspoken truth about his family and his own buried heritage announces itself--toward an adventurous and crucial embrace of life.
This is a novel that expresses, with passion, tenderness, and a magnificence of language, the mysterious primal essence of family bond and conflict, the feelings and experience of all people wanting, and striving, to be alive.
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While trying to hide his Southern working class roots Macon Dead, an upper-class black businessman, insulates his family from the danger and despair of the rank and file blacks with whom he shares the neighbourhood. The plan drives his son, nicknamed "Milkman" into the arms of a violent, lower-class woman, and into a clandestine circle of blacks who repay white violence in kind.
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