Book Review: God help the child by Toni Morrison

  • ISIN: 978-0701186050
  • Genre: Fiction/ Drama
  • Publishers: Penguin Random House
  • Price: Rs. 599/- [I got this book from the publisher for a review]

Spare and unsparing, "God Help the Child" is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the center: a 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 until she told a lie that ruined the life of an innocent woman, a lie whose reverberations refuse to diminish . . . Booker, the man Bride loves and loses, whose core of anger was born in the wake of the childhood murder of his beloved brother . . . Rain, the mysterious white child, who finds in Bride the only person she can talk to about the abuse she's suffered at the hands of her prostitute mother . . . and Sweetness, Bride's mother, who takes a lifetime to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."

Behind The book
Source: Goodreads

About the author

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.

Me thinks
 Reading someone who has been conferred upon the Nobel Prize in Literature is definitely an experience that goes beyond words. She is sheer brillance to put it simply. A book I didn't want to end in a long time. I was loving every moment that I spent with this book as it was pure and unadulterated joy reading her.

Apart from it being Toni Morrison one of the other reasons I wanted to read this book was for it dealt with childhood and its trauma. I have always written very openly about my experiences with CSA and of having a not-so-pleasant childhood because of which such books make a very interesting read for me.

The author has managed to bring out the human ethos so very well that you cannot help but feel the pain and be moved. There were places where I had to stop reading the book for the brilliant narration that the author has given. I loved the way her characters had a soul of their own and stood up for themselves giving a unique tone to the story. There is no second thoughts that this book made me fall in love with her and her writings. Everything is so perfect about this book that there is barely anything which you might not like about it. It is like a beautiful painting, completely flawless one that has the power to transform you in time to the place which is depicted in the painting.

Maybe I could just say THIS was my life's story and that is why it will always be very special for me.

Foodie Verdict

This book is like baked cheese macaroni, one of my most favourite dishes, comfort food and one that I can survive on like forever.