Beloved

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

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I really interesting story that makes you truly glad you did not live thru any of this. Strong stron characters; style takes getting used to though. Read full review

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This is the story of a formerly enslaved woman named Sethe who makes an incredibly difficult and shocking decision upon being faced with the possibility of being taken back to Kentucky. We don’t learn ... 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 15
157
Section 16
172
Section 17
179
Section 18
185
Section 19
195
Section 20
231
Section 21
237
Section 22
243

Section 9
102
Section 10
125
Section 11
134
Section 12
138
Section 13
146
Section 14
155
Section 23
252
Section 24
265
Section 25
275
Section 26
303
Section 27
315
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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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