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Beloved

by Toni Morrison

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | June 8, 2004 | Trade Paperback

Beloved is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.7 in

Published: June 8, 2004

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400033411

ISBN - 13: 9781400033416

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beloved? More like Betrayed the Contemporary Genre. Final Verdict: 1 out of 10. Another novel probing the themes of racism and sexism that only exist in Toni Morrison's imagination. No credit given to the progress made, by society and indivisuals, to stem away from sexism, racism and intolerance. First and last Toni Morrison I shall ever read, lest I unsheath my butcher knife and end my misery.
Date published: 2008-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beloved Review The only novel I've read by Toni Morrison, it is also one of the best books that I've ever read. Often the jacket quotations are difficult to take at face value when they all scream ''powerful...provacative...'', but the critics aren't lying. It is an extremely moving tale of Sethe, a freed slave after the Civil War, and her dealings with her past. The novel like no other I've encountered deals with trauma in a way that befits the pain. Convoluted, spiraling in on itself at times, and intertwined with emotion, the book, I am sure, must be read multiple times to appreciate more fully Morrison's masterpiece; it is one book that is quite worth it.
Date published: 2005-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing this is my new favourite book! Toni Morrison's writing skills are absolutely amazing!!! although some parts were kind of confusing, this is definately a book that deserves a read, a reread, and a rereread.
Date published: 2005-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beloved This is not a book that can be finished in a couple of sessions. You need to take your time to really enjoy Morrison's poetic use of language. The story, told mainly in flashbacks, is about Sethe, a former slave, her daughter Denver and the ghost of the daughter that Sethe killed as an infant. Not only does a ghost haunt Sethe, but memories of her past come back to trouble her as well when she is reunited with Paul D., another former slave. Unsettlingly brutal scenes haunt the reader, leaving powerful images in the mind. This book truly deserved all the praise and awards that it received.
Date published: 1999-03-07

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Beloved

by Toni Morrison

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.7 in

Published: June 8, 2004

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400033411

ISBN - 13: 9781400033416

About the Book

Toni Morrison's magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel--first published in 1987--brings the unimaginable experience of slavery into the literature of today and into the reader's comprehension.

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I 124 WAS SPITEFUL. Full of a baby''s venom. The women in the house knew it and so did the children. For years each put up with the spite in his own way, but by 1873 Sethe and her daughter Denver were its only victims. The grandmother, Baby Suggs, was dead, and the sons, Howard and Buglar, had run away by the time they were thirteen years old--as soon as merely looking in a mirror shattered it (that was the signal for Buglar); as soon as two tiny band prints appeared in the cake (that was it for Howard). Neither boy waited to see more; another kettleful of chickpeas smoking in a heap on the floor; soda crackers crumbled and strewn in a line next to the doorsill. Nor did they wait for one of the relief periods: the weeks, months even, when nothing was disturbed. No. Each one fled at once--the moment the house committed what was for him the one insult not to be borne or witnessed a second time. Within two months, in the dead of winter, leaving their grandmother, Baby Suggs; Sethe, their mother; and their little sister, Denver, all by themselves in the gray and white house on Bluestone Road. It didn''t have a number then, because Cincinnati didn''t stretch that far. In fact, Ohio had been calling itself a state only seventy years when first one brother and then the next stuffed quilt packing into his hat, snatched up his shoes, and crept away from the lively spite the house felt for them. Baby Suggs didn''t even raise her head. From her sickbed she heard them go but that wasn''t
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From the Publisher

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.

From the Jacket

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe''s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved" is a towering achievement.

About the Author

Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey.

Editorial Reviews

“A masterwork. . . . Wonderful. . . . I can’t imagine American literature without it.” —John Leonard, Los Angeles Times “A triumph.” —Margaret Atwood, The New York Times Book Review “Toni Morrison’s finest work. . . . [It] sets her apart [and] displays her prodigious talent.” — Chicago Sun-Times “Dazzling. . . . Magical. . . . An extraordinary work.” — The New York Times “A masterpiece. . . . Magnificent. . . . Astounding. . . . Overpowering.” — Newsweek “Brilliant. . . . Resonates from past to present.” — San Francisco Chronicle “A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story. . . . Read it and tremble.” — People “Toni Morrison is not just an important contemporary novelist but a major figure in our national literature.” — New York Review of Books “A work of genuine force. . . . Beautifully written.” — The Washington Post “There is something great in Beloved : a play of human voices, consciously exalted, perversely stressed, yet holding true. It gets you.” — The New Yorker “A magnificent heroine . . . a glorious book.” — The Baltimore Sun “Superb. . . . A profound and shattering story that carries the weight of history. . . . Exquisitely told.” — Cosmopolitan “Magical . . . rich, provocative, extremely satisfying.” — Milwaukee Journal “
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