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A large, rich, heterogeneous book, and hallelujah... Mouth Full of Blood is a bracing reminder of what words do, how carefully they should and can be used… magnificent [and] rigorously argued -- RO Kwon ― Guardian

Morrison's voice rings out, bold and hopeful, welcoming us into a world where moral integrity reigns ― Culture Whisperer

Mouth Full of Blood demonstrate[s] the writer’s enduring eagerness to examine the contradictions of being both “native” and “alien” to her own country… She takes pride in challenging a traditional literary canon… at every stage, the reader is grateful for an author allowing, encouraging even, such intimate access to their work, thought and reflections -- K Biswas ― New Statesman

[Mouth Full of Blood] proves Morrison to be as astute and important an essayist as she is a novelist… These pieces are a wake-up call… [and] a brilliant insight into the mind and work of one of the world’s finest writers -- Anita Sethi ― i

Morrison’s fierce yearning for literature to be a more true and just realm over time, is a gift… [Mouth Full of Blood] is startling in its relevance to the conflicts and challenges of the present moment. In a time of turmoil and political greed, her writings have the power to bring, not a false comfort, but the hard-won belief that words can reshape the world. Toni Morrison’s own words certainly have -- Nilanjana Roy ― Financial Times

Intensely thought-provoking essays exploring themes of race, gender and globalisation… [Morrison’s] writing. Is just. Unparalleled, truly unparalleled… If anyone can write about this, it's Toni Morrison. It's powerful stuff. As you read it you find yourself circling every second sentence – everything is quotable. She truly is a master of language ― Culture Calling

Brace yourself for writing that is confrontational, unforgettable and exquisite… Not one word is either trivial or banal. Morrison’s thinking is as arresting and uncompromising as her politics… she has that unique and powerful quality, authority -- Patricia Duncker ― Tablet

A startlingly relevant collection that speaks to now ― Financial Times

Morrison’s words possess a contemporary resonance, delivering unwavering truths with an intelligent rage that is almost equal to her hope ― Guardian

About the Author

Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She was the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Sula, Beloved, Paradise and Love. She received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honour, in 2012 by Barack Obama. Toni Morrison died on 5 August 2019 at the age of eighty-eight.

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  • Publisher : Chatto & Windus (12 March 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1784742864
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1784742867
  • Item Weight : 446 g
  • Dimensions : 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Generic Name : Book
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 133 ratings

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Reviewed in India on 11 August 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars British Version
By Zev on 11 August 2019
This book, is the British version of the acclaimed The Source of Self-Regard! Go but it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most powerful books I've ever read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tantalising
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tantalising
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2020
I always find it difficult to review memoir. That said, it’s been illuminating, provoking, delightful and, at times, uncomfortable to sit with Morrison’s thoughts on race, language and art.

There’s plenty to mull over here, not only in the topics that Morrison devotes her words to, but also in the rabbit holes she nods towards. For example, in her analysis of Beowulf (in her essay *Grendal and His Mother*), Morrison notes that evil is never portrayed as having a father in literature, but is often said to have a mother. In doing so, she indicates a rabbit hole regarding how women have been serially scapegoated within various narratives—it’s a rabbit hole I would have loved her to explore at further depth. But she merely nods towards it and pulls back to her main argument, purposefully leaving you with the appetite to ponder that afterwards; the tactic works.

To borrow her tactic, here’s a morsel of Morrison’s own writing to whet your appetite: “It may be that the most defining characteristic of our times is that, again, walls and weapons feature as prominently now as they once did in medieval times.” (p. 19)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 April 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly powerful and thought provoking.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 September 2020
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