Beloved

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

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
 

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User Review  - heathrel - LibraryThing

I read this book again for a class in 2015, and I was again so moved by the way that Morrison is able to keep all of the pieces of her stories in play until the end. I have read this novel more than ... Read full review

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User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

Beloved has been so praised by critics and general readers alike that I really hoped to love it. In ways it was beautiful. The writing is sensuous without being extravagant, though is some of the more ... Read full review

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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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