Beloved

by Toni Morrison

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | July 24, 2007 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

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.

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Published: July 24, 2007

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 030738862X

ISBN - 13: 9780307388629

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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: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: July 24, 2007

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 030738862X

ISBN - 13: 9780307388629

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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 was born in Lorain, Ohio on February 18, 1931. She received a B.A. in English from Howard University in 1953 and a master's degree in English from Cornell University in 1955 with her thesis on the theme of suicide in modern literature. She taught at several universities including Texas Southern University, Howard University, and Princeton University. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. Her other works include Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Paradise, Love, A Mercy, and Home. She has won several awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award for 1977 for Song of Solomon, the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved in 1987, the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. She also co-wrote children's books with her younger son, Slade Morrison, including The Big Box, The Book of Mean People, and Peeny Butter Fudge.