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Mouth Full of Blood by Toni Morrison

Mouth Full of Blood

Essays, Speeches, Meditations

Toni Morrison

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Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 21 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9781784742850

Throughout A Mouth Full of Blood our search for truth, moral integrity and expertise is met by Toni Morrison with controlled anger, elegance and literary excellence. Morrison's Nobel lecture, on the power of language, is accompanied by lectures to Amnesty International and the Newspaper Association of America.

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5 stars out of 5
R O Kwon
8 Feb 2019

"Mouth Full of Blood is a bracing reminder of what words do, how carefully they should and can be used"

With this book, one is tempted to quote at length from her words: her acuity and moral clarity are dazzling, but so is her vision for how we might find our way towards a less unjust, less hateful future. Race bias, she notes, “is not absolute, inevitable, or immutable”. What’s more, “it has a beginning, a life, a history in scholarship, and it can have an end.”

Morrison believes in the power of language to move us towards this more desirable end, and one of the keenest pleasures of this book, especially for the many admirers of her fiction, will be the detailed explications of her own writing. 

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