Monday 14 November 2016

Mini-Review! - God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

Title: God Help the Child

Author: Toni Morrison

Genre: Contemporary, Magic Realism* (*ish)

Amazon: UK - USA


This was a pretty damned awesome book.

And, I'm told, by pretty much everyone, that Toni Morrison's other books are even better - so I'm totally going to check out more!

This follows Bride, who always felt unloved by her mother, Sweetness, as she tries to deal with her falling-apart relationship with boyfriend Booker.

It's really quite difficult to explain what this book is about - except childhood, and how it relates to everything else.

Because Bride's childhood, Booker's, even Sweetness', affects everything that comes after. And in Rain, the girl adopted by the hippie couple, we see the current face of a traumatised child.

Huge warning guys: child abuse is a big theme here.

There is child abuse of every type in this book - emotional, physical, and sexual. There's even some child murder.

It's handled well - but I figured I'd let you know in case that's going to be a problem for you.

There's also a butt-tonne of swearing.

Generally though? This book is fantastically well written, and infinitely readable.

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  1. Well I love damned awesome books! Thanks for the review, Cee. I'll definitely have to keep my eyes on this one.

    1. Ha, they tend to be a good read ;)

      And I've just noticed that I've written mni review instead of mini-review. Oops! *runs to fix that*

  2. I have heard a lot about this author and even own some of her books but I just need to take the time out to start reading her works because every single review or comment I have heard about her books have been positive. Just like your review!

    1. Well I'm definitely going to be reading more of her books - she can definitely write!


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