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Beloved

A Novel
Morrison, Toni (Book - 1987 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Beloved


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After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest novel, a dazzling achievement, and the most spellbinding reading experience of the decade. A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story ... read it and tremble. At the center of Toni Morrison's fifth novel, which earned her the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War. Woven into this circular, mesmerizing narrative are the horrible truths of Sethe's past: the incredible cruelties she endured as a slave, and the hardships she suffered in her journey north to freedom. Just as Sethe finds the past too painful to remember, and the future just "a matter of keeping the past at bay," her story is almost too painful to read. Yet Morrison manages to imbue the wreckage of her characters' lives with compassion, humanity, and humor. Part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale, Beloved finds beauty in the unbearable, and lets us all see the enduring promise of hope that lies in anyones future.
Authors: Morrison, Toni
Title: Beloved
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Knopf :, Distributed by Random House,, 1987
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 275 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Toni Morrison
Summary: After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest novel, a dazzling achievement, and the most spellbinding reading experience of the decade. A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story ... read it and tremble. At the center of Toni Morrison's fifth novel, which earned her the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War. Woven into this circular, mesmerizing narrative are the horrible truths of Sethe's past: the incredible cruelties she endured as a slave, and the hardships she suffered in her journey north to freedom. Just as Sethe finds the past too painful to remember, and the future just "a matter of keeping the past at bay," her story is almost too painful to read. Yet Morrison manages to imbue the wreckage of her characters' lives with compassion, humanity, and humor. Part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale, Beloved finds beauty in the unbearable, and lets us all see the enduring promise of hope that lies in anyones future.
ISBN: 0394535979
9780394535975
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORRISON
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Comment by: multcolib_dianaa Report This Mar 04, 2014

This book is about the repercussions of slavery for the people who survived it and features a terrifying baby ghost. Morrison is an amazing, evocative writer.


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This book is about the repercussions of slavery for the people who survived it and features a terrifying baby ghost. Morrison is an amazing, evocative writer.

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  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

In this book, a slave woman kills her daughter so she will avoid slavery. I believe Albert Murray (according to Edwin Yoder) has the best definition of this book: “the idea, though inspired by an actual event, was beyond silly. Whatever the evils of slavery, death was worse, and infanticide, after all, was a grave crime.” (For the ones who still don’t know, Mr. Murray was a black man; he died August 2013.) PS: Attempts to censor my comments will be fiercely fought under the aegis of American Library Association's beloved principles: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Intellectual Freedom.

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  • JSx rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There are a lot of references to biblical stories in Revelation, I don't think anyone has noticed that.

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  • areidc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a profound work on many levels. I'm guessing that because it is so many things, I don't usually hear people talk about it as one of the best ghost stories out there. Morrison sets the stage where the living, the dead and all that is in-the-between interact. They hate, harass, molest, soothe, inspire and love one another. Morrison is recognized as being a master of the five senses; however, it’s how she inspires that illusive sixth sense which makes her writing so phenomenal. Take your choice...call it a textbook or a Bible. That's an issue of semantics as far as I'm concerned. Whatever you call it, Beloved is a masterpiece of Magical Realism.

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  • VIRNET36 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This is absolutely the strangest story I have ever read. I've also seen the movie and I don't get it.

I read this for my American Literature class this past year. Utterly genius. The way Morrison writes about slavery using clever metaphors and symbolism blows my mind.

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  • galenbaby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The smartest and most imaginative exploration of slavery ever written. Toni Morrison is a complete genius for writing this book.

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  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Stories of slavery are always horrifying to me; this one is more gut-wrenching than them all.

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  • Cabby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Recommended by Oprah

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  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Violence: Rape. Extreme violence.

Sexual Content: Oral sex, incest

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