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[GENEALOGICAL] Song of Solomon: Toni Morrison (re-post)

Posted in November 2002

Well I guess I'll start things off with a post about a book written by literary genius Toni Morrison :)

Song of Solomon

It's fiction, yes, but the way she uses genealogy in this book is AMAZING. It's not really a book about genealogy, but genealogy is a predominant theme.

She does an excellent job at capturing the...

--Dizzying effect ambiguous clues have on us as they swirl around our heads

--Those "Eureka" moments when we find a lead that beings us so close we can smell the truth but still have a little ways to go before we actually see it

--The stomach-fluttering anticipation as we follow our leads, the sense of drifting as we embark on the journey

--The humbling experience of visiting places that our elders describe...once picturesque images in our minds suddenly become hard-core wilderness reality

--The sense of peace when we finally have the full story...the good the bad and the hideous details of a lineage wrought with racism and strife, but also beautiful in an undescribable way

I strongly recommend this book to anyone, especially Black genealogists. It will touch your heart and inspire you.

KH

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