Recitatif pdf by Toni Morrison, Summary, Review

Recitatif pdf book is a beautiful, arresting short story by Toni Morrison—the only one she ever wrote—about race and the relationships that shape us through life.

Recitatif pdf Book Summary

Twyla and Roberta have known each other since they were eight years old and spent four months together as roommates in the St. Bonaventure shelter. Inseparable at the time, they lose touch as they grow older, only to find each other later at a diner, then at a grocery store, and again at a protest. Seemingly at opposite ends of every problem, and in disagreement each time they meet, the two women still cannot deny the deep bond their shared experience has forged between them.

Written in 1980 and anthologized in a number of collections, this is the first time Recitatif is being published as a stand-alone hardcover. In the story, Twyla’s and Roberta’s races remain ambiguous. We know that one is white and one is black, but which is which? And who is right about the race of the woman the girls tormented at the orphanage?

Morrison herself described this story as “an experiment in the removal of all racial codes from a narrative about two characters of different races for whom racial identity is crucial.” Recitatif is a remarkable look into what keeps us together and what keeps us apart, and about how perceptions are made tangible by reality.


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About Toni Morrison Author of Recitatif pdf Book

Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford) Author of Recitatif pdf Book was 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.

Recitatif pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

Recitatif pdf
Recitatif pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Knopf (February 1, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 96 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593315030
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593315033
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 0.55 x 7.09 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #10,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #549 in Black & African American Literature (Books)
  • #550 in Coming of Age Fiction (Books)
  • #1,401 in Literary Fiction (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars    659 ratings

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