Ghost story

By RICHARD BECK  |  November 24, 2008

A picture of slavery's early-colonial growth pains is an ambitious project, and Morrison is better qualified than most. As usual, she writes at a high pitch of poetic intensity, but in the end she gets trapped between the spirit worlds of her own prose and the all too real particulars of American history. The ghosts are convincing, but the people they're supposed to torment never materialize out of the æther.

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