A Mercy (Morrison)

I was uncertain about whether to try a Morrison novel as an audio book. As soon as I started it and realized Morrison herself was reading it, I was delighted. I’d listen to her read the phone book. Her writing and her delivery are spare; the narrative and characters, compelling. As soon as the narrative switched point of view, I got a bit lost, but I was willing to roll with it, and a long drive helped me get oriented again. I was immersed in Morrison’s world, though one like – “She dreamed a dream and it dreamed right back at her” – reminded me of a Dylan lyric — both obscure and delightful. So I’ve heard all the words and will read all of them. One day. The post-story interview with Morrison is delightful.

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