Tar Baby #2020

Tar Baby By Toni Morrison Tar Baby The author of Song of Solomon now sets her extraordinary novelistic powers on a striking new course Tar Baby audacious and hypnotic is masterful in its mingling of tones of longing and alarm of urb
  • Title: Tar Baby
  • Author: Toni Morrison
  • ISBN: 9780394423296
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tar Baby By Toni Morrison The author of Song of Solomon now sets her extraordinary novelistic powers on a striking new course Tar Baby, audacious and hypnotic, is masterful in its mingling of tones of longing and alarm, of urbanity and a primal, mythic force in which the landscape itself becomes animate, alive with a wild, dark complicity in the fates of the people whose drama unfolds It is a noThe author of Song of Solomon now sets her extraordinary novelistic powers on a striking new course Tar Baby, audacious and hypnotic, is masterful in its mingling of tones of longing and alarm, of urbanity and a primal, mythic force in which the landscape itself becomes animate, alive with a wild, dark complicity in the fates of the people whose drama unfolds It is a novel suffused with a tense and passionate inquiry, revealing a whole spectrum of emotions underlying the relationships between black men and women, white men and women, and black and white people.The place is a Caribbean island In their mansion overlooking the sea, the cultivated millionaire Valerian Street, now retired, and his pretty, younger wife, Margaret, go through rituals of living, as if in a trance It is the black servant couple, who have been with the Streets for years the fastidious butler, Sydney, and his strong yet remote wife who have arranged every detail of existence to create a surface calm broken only by sudden bursts of verbal sparring between Valerian and his wife And there is a visitor among them a beautiful young black woman, Jadine, who is not only the servant s dazzling niece, but the proteg e and friend of the Streets themselves Jadine, who has been educated at the Sorbonne at Valerian s expense and is home now for a respite from her Paris world of fashion, film and art.Through a season of untroubled ease, the lives of these five move with a ritualized grace until, one night, a ragged, starving black American street man breaks into the house And, in a single moment, with Valerian s perverse decision not to call for help but instead to invite the man to sit with them and eat, everything changes Valerian moves toward a larger abdication Margaret s delicate and enduring deception is shattered The butler and his wife are forced into acknowledging their illusions And Jadine, who at first is repelled by the intruder, finds herself moving inexorably toward him he calls himself Son he is a kind of black man she has dreaded since childhood uneducated, violent, contemptuous of her privilege As Jadine and Son come together in the loving collision they have both welcomed and feared, the novel moves outward to the Florida backwater town Son was raised in, fled from, yet cherishes to her sleek New York then back to the island people and their protective and entangling legends As the lovers strive to hold and understand each other, as they experience the awful weight of the separate worlds that have formed them she perceiving his vision of reality and of love as inimical to her freedom, he perceiving her as the classic lure, the tar baby set out to entrap him all the mysterious elements, all the highly charged threads of the story converge Everything that is at risk is made clear how the conflicts and dramas wrought by social and cultural circumstances must ultimately be played out in the realm of the heart.Once again, Toni Morrison has given us a novel of daring, fascination, and power.
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    1. Toni Morrison

      Toni Morrison born Chloe Anthony Wofford , is an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters among the best known are her novels The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 In 2001 she was named one of The 30 Most Powerful Women in America by Ladies Home Journal.

    253 thoughts on “Tar Baby”

    1. The island exaggerated everything Too much light Too much shadow Too much rain Too much foliage and much too much sleep Toni Morrison, Tar BabyI think the tropical Caribbean setting and all the talk of candy and flowers fooled me into thinking that this would be one of Toni Morrison s simpler reads It turns out that like with most Toni Morrison books, it s impossible to summarize everything there s just too much to talk about.In this novel we meet retired rich American Valerian Street living on [...]


    2. Toni Morrison is amazing She is the greatest of all time in my opinion but really, which other author could keep me entertained and awestruck on Every single page for five consecutive books I must preface all reviews of her writings with total praise and veneration because her work demands nothing less I did not expect this since Tar Baby is one of her less popular books, but as it turns out this is my favorite of her books so far and not only that, it is now one of my favorite books, Period My [...]


    3. i have a great idea for a wildly over the top romance novel slap a likeness of blair underwood on the cover, airbrush some dreadlocks on his head, a tropical landscape in the back ready ready crazy dreadlocked black man is found hiding in the closet of a wealthy white couple s carribean house rather than take him to the police, Valerian Street the white millionaire invites him to dinner now check it Valerian and Margaret a former beauty queen have two black servants who have a niece, Jade, who V [...]


    4. The opening of this book was a complete surprise to me as a moderately seasoned TM reader it felt just like the start of an action movie, some kind of spy thriller, only infused with poetic beauty Something of this atmosphere persisted perhaps because of Valerian, the white millionaire, who somehow wears an arch villain halo even when he s being likeable I also found the dialogue sparky and often humorous, the tone frequently lightSo is it a light book Noooooo of course not From the turbulent, a [...]


    5. I m wondering how many 1 and 2 star ratings came from readers thinking this would be a good Caribbean vacation beach read I also wonder how many of them were clueless to the meaning of the term tar baby Sigh There should be no need to discuss that, it s rather obvious that, well, ALL the characters, black, white and mulatto, were tar babies Inextricably stuck to who they are, no matter where they are, they cannot escape themselves, their pasts, their childhoods In fact, WE ARE ALL tar babies And [...]


    6. Everyone knows that Beloved is Toni Morrison s most famous work, but I would argue that Tar Baby is better There are so many relationships in this book and so many layers to each of those relationships Love, sex, race, gender, class, ethnicity, even geographyere isn t much Morrison doesn t take on in this beautiful story And, of course, there are always those heart stopping passages that Morrison s writing never fails to produce Tar Baby is an absolute must read, and if you have the privilege of [...]


    7. Pretty much any possible interaction between blacks and whites, rich and poor, man and woman, is played out in this novel there are no real resolutions and some of the relationships are wildly overplayed, but overall this is an incredible piece of literature that I could see spending an entire semester on in college It is basically the story of the rich white Valerian who retires to the Caribbean where his much younger wife broods over the absence of her college aged son who is racked by white g [...]


    8. This is my fifth Toni Morrison novel after Beloved, Jazz, The Bluest Eye, and Paradise I m on the fence about this one On one hand, Tar Baby is a meaty study for students of literature, appropriate for various levels of engagement On the other hand, I couldn t wait to get through it I have little patience for theatrics, which became a problem when the cast walked in with their inner monologue and dialogue heavy scenes The most intriguing characters are the locals of Dominique, but I wasn t drawn [...]



    9. Not a bad book, there are some things that I m still working out and I m waiting for the rest of the book club to come together so I can get a better handle on the story Right now, 3 stars, but I m giving it room to grow upon considerable reflection.


    10. I simply can t stomach a book in which I m expected to accept that a woman falls in love with a man who essentially sexually assaults her, and whose justification for it is explicitly that he was so in awe of her that he needed to debase her.This is the core of the romantic relationship at the center of this book, and while the book is critical of the gender dynamics in Jadine and Son s relationship as they attempt to sort out whose world they will live in and whose relationship model they will [...]


    11. After reading Morrison s Tar Baby I felt slighted Although I know that a perfect resolution is not required, I felt as though she left the primary characters conflicts unresolved Jadine and Son especially Maybe I am a hopeless romantic and wished for them to make it, for their love to sustain them where ever they traveled, whether from Isle des Chevaliers, New York, Eloe to Paris The situation on Isle des Chevaliers, at Valerian s house seemed a bit tidied up Morrison conveyed a sense of wholen [...]


    12. This is a solid, high three stars I found this novel, unlike Song of Solomon and God Help the Child, to have not one clear direction and to ask important questions about too many topics I enjoyed the writing style and the setting, but no one character really gripped me I was also unsatisfied by the ambiguous ending I really enjoyed this, but don t expect to remember Tar Baby as I have the other Morrisons I ve read.


    13. If you don t think Toni Morrison is the greatest just go ahead and unfriend me because I don t like you and I want to fight you.


    14. It s a bit awkward for me to write a good review for anything Toni Morrison has written, if only because, after I read Beloved, I condemned her But Tar Baby was far different than anything I suffered through in her most popular novel In fact, almost everything I hated about Beloved was almost nonexistent in this book.To compare the two novels doesn t make sense because while Beloved is set in Reconstruction America, Tar Baby is mostly set in circa 1970s Caribbean with a few sprinkles of the Deep [...]


    15. I enjoyed it The writing was beautiful and poetic like always However, I did find some paragraphs too bulky It made the pacing slow and hard to follow at times The characters were all interesting I sympathized with everyone s flaws The leading character, Jadine, comes crossed as selfish and oblivious to her social surroundings and politics She was very disconnected from her culture and community I found her character to be complex Son was a type of guy you would like to hate but can t The moment [...]


    16. Tar Baby by Toni MorrisonIt s a poem, really in spite of the brilliant characterizations, dead on dialogue, penetrating observations, toxic lover s quarrels, and tender romance It s really a poem an allegory Son, a handsome, intelligent, but uneducated black man from Eloe, a small town in north Florida, jumps ship in the Caribbean and eventually ends up on a small island called Isle des Chevaliers Island of the horseman He s on the run, has committed a crime, and is tired of worrying about being [...]


    17. The characters coloring this narrative, from the elusive Marys to the vibrant yet disturbing Jadine, weave a tale of love like I ve never experienced, but have always wanted Love forbidden by the strictures of societal morality Love unbound by the warm caresses of Caribbean nights The story of this book belongs in a summer sands novel, but the words writhe on the page, dragging the reader into a world of pain and devastation which could essentially change the way you speak to the people who supp [...]


    18. Wow, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and eloquence in this book The relationship between and within races and sexes and cultures is so incredibly insightful Toni does not hold back comments that might make the reader ouncomfortable and i found myself laughing at the reality of the characters reactions specifically to finding Son in the closet I have to admit i was infuriated by the lack of closure to the booki got to the last sentence praying that there was another chapter hiding somewhe [...]



    19. I haven t read all of Toni Morrison s novels Sula, Paradise, Love but I have read most of them Out of her novels that I ve read, Tar Baby is easily the most digestible Not to say that it doesn t have depth, it s just a little easier to read and mainstream If someone came up to me and said they wanted to start reading Morrison, and I knew they weren t strong, attentive readers, I would definitely recommend this book.It s her most modern book The story takes place during the 70s, and it dwells in [...]


    20. This book almost seemed like a fable or allegory There are the rich white couple,Valerian and Margaret, who take their black servants for granted and except for the old retainers, Sydney and Ondine,don t even bother to learn their names,calling one Yardman and one Mary even though that isn t her name.Sydney and Ondine are the faithful black servants who have been in service all their lives and know their place Their niece, Jade, thanks to Valerian and Margaret, has gottenan education and a high [...]


    21. I wish I could give it 3 1 2 because I really did enjoy reading it s definitly a page turner, but I just couldn t get past the fact that although it was really character driven, I didn t think it was plot driven There were a lot of themes and sub plots I didn t feel were really explained or tied together into the main story And the main story was Well that was a little confusing as well, it starts out seeming to be about valerian and Margaret, and then completely turns into a story about the rom [...]


    22. My personal opinion on the book Well, I believe that the book was terrible and I would not recommend this book to anyone I say that because the book was altogether irrelevant and I did not understand why it was written To add fuel to the fire, it was boring There was no action whatsoever and the first few chapters of the book was meaningless If I had to give the book a rating out of 5 stars, I would literally give it a 1 star I would give it that because at least she tried to write something Oth [...]


    23. Morrison s progression from The Bluest Eye a masterpiece, for sure to Tar Baby, written a few years later, shows her deepening ability to weave together histories and geographies through compelling characters and an amazing story The real jewel of Tar Baby is Morrison s ability to show the relationships between a wealthy white man Valerian who lives in a mansion in the Caribbean, his Black servants and their adopted daughter whose college was paid for Valerian, a fugitive Black man from the rura [...]


    24. the best novel ever written in my opinion the significance of black female sexuality and the relevance of love in everything that we do and every decision we make.


    25. Another one of Toni Morrison down This was a good book to read, and I actually found myself hooked to it quite a few times, and rooting for the protagonists when their circumstances and their incompatibility was trying to tear their love apart Overall, I read it off as a family drama, with only a few bits and pieces of the issues of race, when our protagonists go to an all black village of Eloe in Florida So I had to use some shmoop to understand that the Title is an allusion to a southern folkt [...]


    26. As with brown girl dreaming, I thought that this month was a perfect time to start reading through my Toni Morrison shelf I m trying to read all her books in chronological order of publication which means doing some rereads I d started reading Tar Baby way back in July last year, but when I got ill I found I just couldn t get back into it It s not that anything particularly distressing happens in this book, but Morrison s writing is so intense that when I was ill I felt like it was overwhelming [...]


    27. After reading Toni Morrison s The Bluest Eye many years ago and Sula recently, both set in small towns in Ohio, I wasn t expecting the setting of this 1985 novel It didn t matter, however, for as soon as I started reading, I was caught up and propelled by her wonderful writing The story is set primarily on a private Island in the Caribbean where a claustrophobic atmosphere permeates the vacation home of a rich white couple, Valerian and Margaret whose relationship is dysfunctional, and their tw [...]


    28. I m just going to say it if you claim to love metaphor but haven t read a Toni Morrison novel, you re doing yourself a disservice The language and symbolism in Tar Baby is what elevated it from a wonderfully complex, often heartbreaking look at race and class relations to a truly thought compelling piece of art.At one point while reading this book, I had to stop and reread the folktale of Br er Rabbit and the Tar Baby I encourage anyone who thinks but isn t sure that they remember the story to d [...]


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