Short Story #272: Recitatif by Toni Morrison
Author: Toni Morrison
ReflectionWith the Civil Rights movement and desegregation as the backdrop to this story, there is a lot going on between the two women. However, layered upon this is an entire religious dynamic with characters being named Mary, Maggie, events occurring near holy days (Easter and Christmas), and of course, much of the story taking place at a religious place (an orphanage run by a church). And of course, it's Toni Morrison, so that adds eve more. There's a further layer in that name of the story itself which is a musical reference that hints at the dynamics of dialogue and rhythm within the story.
Short Story #272 out of 365
Rating: 4 (out of 5 stars)
Date Read: 8/1/2014
Source: The short story can be found at this website.
For a full listing of all the short stories in this series, check out the category 365 Short Stories a year.
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