wow. i love toni morrison. she makes you work for it, but it is so worth it. i say that knowing that i didn't even understand so much in this book; it's so layered, and the deeper layers i just don't have the background to grasp. as usual, she writes about race, about gender, about society. more than that, i know she's making allusion to the bible, to folklore, to black culture, to things i just don't know about. even so, just reading this at the surface level is beautiful and deep. i wish i had read this in a college english class or something to really get to delve into it, but part of the greatness of this book is that even without all that context, it's still amazing. as an aside, the character of pilate is incredible. i wish she'd write a book about her.