one-bedroom solo (review)

one-bedroom solo (review) Throughout Home, symbols for maleness are everywhere: the stallions, the pimp's toothpick, Prince's stolen Ford, Doctor Beauregard's gun with its empty chambers. Symbols for femaleness are equally vivid: the Korean girl's orange, Jackie's iron, the ``female paraphernalia'' that anchor Lily to the earth--``douche bags, enema attachments, bottles of Massengill, Lydia Pinkham, Kotex, Veet hair removal, facial creams, mudpacks, curlers, lotions, deodorants.'' Women are the ``home'' Frank seeks to enter for solace, definition, meaning--``Deep down inside [Cee] lived my secret picture of myself.'' Cee is an evanescent presence throughout the novel, a poignant captive of others' yearnings. Cee sees her own possible ruination in the killing that opens the book: ``When she saw the black foot with its creamy pink and mud-streaked sole being whacked into the grave, her whole body began to shake.'' She remains a shadowy figure, always at the mercy of others' designs. Her powerlessness provides the impetus for Frank's return to a place he despises. Only by securing Cee's freedom can Frank attempt to atone for murdering the Korean girl. Given that Home relies so sharply on the reader's collaboration, the story can be marred when Morrison explains too much, or when her lean characterizations http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

one-bedroom solo (review)

Prairie Schooner, Volume 86 (4) – Jan 26, 2012

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Throughout Home, symbols for maleness are everywhere: the stallions, the pimp's toothpick, Prince's stolen Ford, Doctor Beauregard's gun with its empty chambers. Symbols for femaleness are equally vivid: the Korean girl's orange, Jackie's iron, the ``female paraphernalia'' that anchor Lily to the earth--``douche bags, enema attachments, bottles of Massengill, Lydia Pinkham, Kotex, Veet hair removal, facial creams, mudpacks, curlers, lotions, deodorants.'' Women are the ``home'' Frank seeks to enter for solace, definition, meaning--``Deep down inside [Cee] lived my secret picture of myself.'' Cee is an evanescent presence throughout the novel, a poignant captive of others' yearnings. Cee sees her own possible ruination in the killing that opens the book: ``When she saw the black foot with its creamy pink and mud-streaked sole being whacked into the grave, her whole body began to shake.'' She remains a shadowy figure, always at the mercy of others' designs. Her powerlessness provides the impetus for Frank's return to a place he despises. Only by securing Cee's freedom can Frank attempt to atone for murdering the Korean girl. Given that Home relies so sharply on the reader's collaboration, the story can be marred when Morrison explains too much, or when her lean characterizations

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