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The magic is missing in Toni Morrison's 'God Help the Child'
The magic is missing in Toni Morrison's 'God Help the Child'

Deep in the center of Toni Morrison's 11th novel, "God Help the Child," there's a section that resonates with the power of the author's finest work. Morrison is telling the story of Booker, a young man shattered by the abduction and murder of his brother, Adam, years before. "Wasn't there a tribe in Africa that lashed the dead body to the back of the one who had murdered it?" Booker wonders in regard to Adam's killer. "That would certainly be justice — to carry the rotting corpse around as a physical burden as well as public shame and damnation." In "God Help the Child," however, justice becomes a killer of its own....

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