Beloved

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2006 - Fiction - 316 pages
1163 Reviews

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison's Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past.

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Meanwhile Sethe's house has long been troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Sethe works at beating back the past, but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly in her memory and in the lives of those around her. When a mysterious teenage girl arrives, calling herself Beloved, Sethe's terrible secret explodes into the present.

Combining the visionary power of legend with the unassailable truth of history, Morrison's unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature.

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Undeniably beautiful prose. - Goodreads
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Very intriguing book. I'm still thinking about it a week after I read it. It wasn't particularly easy to read, but worth it. Read full review

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I loved this book! People don't write like this anymore. It was hauntingly beautiful and at the same time horrific. When I started it I couldn't put it down until I was finished. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
29
Section 3
38
Section 4
55
Section 5
62
Section 6
70
Section 7
78
Section 8
89
Section 16
172
Section 17
179
Section 18
185
Section 19
195
Section 20
231
Section 21
237
Section 22
243
Section 23
249

Section 9
102
Section 10
125
Section 11
134
Section 12
138
Section 13
146
Section 14
155
Section 15
157
Section 24
252
Section 25
257
Section 26
265
Section 27
273
Section 28
303
Section 29
315
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

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.


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