God Help the Child

God Help the Child

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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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 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.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2015.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780307749093
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (05 hr., 45 min., 34 sec.)) : digital


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Jun 27, 2019

They really need to add trigger warnings as a lot of the plot of this book circles around sexual abuse of children. It isn’t part of the story directly, but it is definitely talked about a lot. People should know that going in. I really wanted to like the book, but that made it hard for me to listen to. It’s short, which is the only reason I got through it, but I won’t be reading any more of Morrison’s work.

May 26, 2019

Listening to this book is very difficult because the author reads each character exactly the same. I am not sure how good the story is because I couldn't finish it.

Apr 19, 2017

A short novel, set in the present, told from many points of view, and giving numerous opinions on aspects of modern American culture (clearly the author's, but set in the mouth of whichever narrator happens to be telling the tale). This one is also read - rather badly - by the author herself: although emphasis in sentences is given, every voice is identical in every dialogue and every narration from a character's point of view. Some parts are exceptionally gross, such as what the predatory pervert did with the boys and their genitals.


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