The commonsense.org review is a regurgitation from the extremely liberal NCTE rather than an application of common sense that you claim to provide. For example, your review says that the book contains "allusions to incest." Did the writer of this review not realize that the lead character, Milkman, gets his very nickname from his incestuous relationship to his mother while breastfeeding as a young boy? Or that he also has an ongoing sexual relationship with his cousin as a teenager?
Also, some of what is said in this review doesn't make any sense at all, never mind COMMON SENSE. For example, exactly how should "older teen readers" be able to "move beyond" the new knowledge that (according to Toni Morrison's novels), blacks have regular sexual relationships with children, other members of their family, and even animals?
Your review further states that the "human spirit soars, literally and metaphorically."
Would this be in reference to the suicide at the beginning or end of the book?
Futhermore, your review states that the sex is not "prurient." Yet the types of sex include:
- Breast feeding a boy (not a baby, not a toddler) for pleasure
- sex with dead people
- oral sex
- discussions of sexual relations between a daughter and father
- descriptions of foreplay and undressing
- teen sex at 16 with multiple partners
- fantasies of sex between a mother and her son
- sex with whores
- sex between cousins
- anal sex
- oral sex between men
- sex using objects forced into each other
- discussions of sex with various animals and plants
Many professional reviews of Morrison identify her work as "lascivious." "Lascivious" is a synonym for "prurient."
Since when did even one description of deviant, perverted sex become "brilliant" literature for minors???