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  • Title: Beloved
  • Author: Toni Morrison
  • ISBN: 9780452280625
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 Her new home is haunted byStaring 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 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 Her 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 by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison.
    Beloved 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 was born a slave and escaped to Ohio

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    1. Beloved is the Great American Horror Novel Sorry Stephen King evil clowns and alcoholic would be writers are pretty creepy, but they just got nothing on the terrifying specter of American slavery I literally got chills physical chills over and over while reading this book To me, great horror has the scary element e.g a ghost and then, lurking behind it, something so vast and evil that trying to think about it can make you go insane Beloved did that It worked as horror And then also, even , it wo [...]

    2. BelovedYou are my sisterYou are my daughterYou are my face you are meI have found you again you have come back to meYou are my belovedYou are mineYou are mine It s 6 o clock in the morning and I have finished with one of the best books I have ever read in the course of my short life I am sleepless and I need a moment to organize my thoughts, sort out my feelings Come back to real life But I can t.A part of me is still with Sethe and her daughters, Denver and Beloved at 124 A part of me is being [...]

    3. I don t give books low marks lightly If anything, I am prone to being carried away by the author s enthusaism and rate books highly than they deserve I am an aspiring author, myself, and that also leads me to be kind to the books.That being said, I really hated this book.I like fantasy and magical realism I find the dreams and allegories that live just underneath the skin of the world we can readily see and touch endlessly fascinating I like my stories intense and emotional, and I like it when [...]

    4. Over the past 15 years, I ve tried a couple of times to read Toni Morrison s epic, Pulitzer Prize winning novel about murder, guilt, ghosts and the brutal, complex physical and psychological legacy of slavery.Something about the dense, poetic prose and the elliptical nature of the storytelling made it impenetrable After a chapter or two, I d give up, perplexed And I ve read William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf This made Oprah s Book Club I m so glad I persevered.About a third of the way in, I rea [...]

    5. Beloved is a novel about haunting it is a novel about the human inability to move on from the past and how easily it can resurface We may try to move on, but it never really leaves us And when the past is painful and full of blood it literally echoes for an eternity You know as well as I do that people who die bad don t stay in the ground Enter Beloved, daughter of Sethe, a girl killed by her mother many years previous to escape the shackles of slavery Was it murder Was it mercy Was it both I do [...]

    6. Sometimes reality is too painful to address in plain, simple narrative Sometimes truth has to be approached in circling movements, slowly getting to the heart of the matter through shifting, loosely linked stories that touch on the wound ever so lightly, without getting too close too fast Sometimes I read to escape my reality, only to find myself in a universe endlessly complicated, painful, difficult to understand and follow Sometimes basic statements like I could never understand why a moth [...]

    7. This is probably my least favorite book I have ever read I think I hate it even because so many people like it so much Unlike really trashy novels, people actually try to argue that this is a great book But it definitely embodies all the things that make me hate books It s heavy handed with its message, which ultimately ruins some pretty spectacular imagery Its also just a giant pastiche of people who can actually write, which makes it just feel disjointed and annoying since it switches between [...]

    8. You who read me keep your repugnance and horror to yourself I am here to tell you my story with an iron smile under my chin The men without skin stole my milk so my mother punished them with my blood You don t understand, her love was too thick I was the already crawling baby waiting to be loved I am Beloved.Which kind of unimaginable atrocities can lead a mother to murder her own baby to spare it a certain life full of humiliation and wanton abuse How much suffering can a human being undergo be [...]

    9. It has been a while since I last was online according to this computer s calculations thirteen days ago since then I have finished the monumental Beloved The only way I can describe this sure classic is it s a mix between the most brilliant of Hawthorne his Scarlet Letter bears plenty of similarities to Beloved since it too deals with a time of intense persecution in this country the roles women played at such historical crossroads the ghosts of the burdensome past making cameos in the present h [...]

    10. Working dough Working, working dough Nothing better than that to start the day s serious work of beating back the past Toni Morrison, Beloved Beloved focuses on the psychological trauma of slavery which permeates the very atmosphere and even emerges in ghost form It seems to be a good book to read in the light of the recent discussion on the Roots reboot, as well as the recent New York Times article which discusses how African American DNA bears signs of slavery I feel that for many this isn t t [...]

    11. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum I FINISHED I realize this is a classic and a Pulitzer Prize winner and yada yada yada, but oh my goodness am I glad to be done Dear Oprah, what s going to happen to me since I hated it That s what I was afraid of Going in to this book I knew nothing about it except for the fact that it was on the Banned Books List and that Oprah said I should read it I did manage to finish, but WHAT A SLOG There are only about 47,000,000 reviews out there and I kind of fe [...]

    12. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally The CCLaP 100 In which I read for the first time a hundred so called classics, then write reports on whether or not they deserve the labelBook 23 Beloved, by Toni Morrison 1987 The story in a nutshell To understand the importance of 1987 s Beloved, you need to understand that before this first novel of hers, au [...]

    13. In the beginning there were no words In the beginning was the sound, and they all knew what that sound sounded like.I could leave it like that.I should, really, I should Leave it, in her words, in her meaning, in her context and effort and heritage and everything that is not mine Never will be mine, these things that should rightfully flay me alive every time I happen to dwell upon them, whether in flight of fanciful musings or serious consideration as they so rightfully deserve The only thing I [...]

    14. Damn the humans, they are the most enigmatic beings who ever lived, their hearts have reasons that reason knows not, and their heads fabricate worlds the world have never seen, they kill the things they love and are haunted by the memories that fade away by the time but never disappear, but becomes a ghost and gnaws at your nerves, for always and forever.To be a mother is the most consummate feeling one can have, the one most celestial and earthly alike, you share your blood and flesh with the o [...]

    15. the sadness was at her center, the desolated center where the self that was no self made its home Sad as it was that she did not know where her children were buried or what they looked like if alive, fact was she knew about them than she knew about herself, having never had the map to discover what she was like I m accustomed to hear different stories I m accustomed to live around different lives I m used to beauty than ugliness I m used to songs than silence I m used to satiety than starvat [...]

    16. There are reasons why Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature Beloved may be the biggest one The structure is a ghost story about a woman who killed her own children rather than see them be dragged back from freedom to live a life of slavery, and how the guilt of that act comes back to haunt her But the real payload here is a portrayal of the slave existence, how it seeps into every pore, affects every emotion, defines one s world view, how one values education, how willing one [...]

    17. This is the worst book that I have ever read It epitomizes what elite academics love about literature It is dark and nasty which, to an academic, means realistic and it is obscure and incoherent to an academic, this means deep and profound This is like the deliberately hideous painting that is called art by intellectuals Common sense individuals question its merit and are told it is complex, beautiful, and beyond the untrained understanding and crass sensibilities of the uneducated I disliked ev [...]

    18. Darkness is stronger and swallows them like minnows Toni Morrison, Beloved Beloved is a beautiful, haunting story that is set around the time following the slavery emancipation declaration It s mysterious and supernatural, as well as being a love story, a tale of horror, forgiveness, loss and confusion It s very poetic and lyrical, full of metaphors and powerful imagery.The book tells the story of Sethe, a runaway slave who has left her home in the South but is still living in the past Her decea [...]

    19. I hate this book But I guess I should say why Some might say that I was too young to read this book since I read it when I was 15 but I m a few years older now and I still hate it with seething anger I heard that Toni Morrison was a good writer so when we had to pick a book from this long list I decided to read it BIG MISTAKE I didn t like any of the character at all or the plot I know the book is supposed to give you a view on the cruel treatment of slaves but after I finished I actually less s [...]

    20. You know, sometimes I just don t get other readers I can t relate to their reactions, their expectations, their way of looking at things Take Beloved, a book that I have only ever part read, having given up about a third of the way into it Reaction to the book seems to be about evenly split between those who hate it and those who love it Which is fine, of course Yet the haters appear to base their antipathy on the subject matter they, according to the reviews I ve read, have a problem with someo [...]

    21. Beloved Toni Morrison s Novel of the Cost of FreedomFirst Edition, Beloved, Alfred Knopf, New York, New York, September, 1987, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1988The task of the Underground Railway has been made difficult It is 1850 As a part of the Compromise of 1850, our Nation, in yet another effort to stall a War Between the States, has passed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 A Federal Officer is subject to a fine of 1,000.00 if he fails to aid a slave owner in returning an alleged [...]

    22. I got a tree on my back and a haint in my house, and nothing in between but the daughter I am holding in my arms No running from nothing I will never run from another thing on this earth I took one journey and I paid for the ticket, but let me tell you something it cost too much Do you hear me It cost too much What s the difference between tragedy and melodrama To me Sethe is one of the most tragic heroines in literature, but not everybody feels the same The most peculiar critical comment I hav [...]

    23. confusing, boring, and pretentious, this is the book that convinced me that the pulitzer doesn t mean shit.

    24. Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another Toni Morrison sBeloved is a melancholic but beautifully written story about Sethe, a slave woman who having escaped slavery will never be free She is daunted not only by her memories, but also by the ghost of her baby daughter that died nameless On her grave there is just a word Beloved Her suffering is poignant and heartbreaking Sad as it was that she did not know where her children were buried or what they looked [...]

    25. The clear blue sky above, the richness of life around, stretching from the vivid colors in the nature to the exquisiteness that material life offers The soft milky ambrosia not once maligned by the sweat of forced labor, the promise of a day to mull over existence for the mind is not strained with the thought of an empty stomach Granted free thought The assurance of a smile on your kid s face for he has never known deprivation or fear The assurance of a smile on your face for you have always bee [...]

    26. How to review a book like this, and it is a great book I m not sure I have the superlatives it deserves Morrison based the novel on the story of Margaret Garner, an escaped slave who killed her child as she was being recaptured, to save the child a lifetime of slavery The setting is around the time of the civil war The plot and the storyline are well known and it seems most of my GR friends have either read it or have it on their tbr lists The writing is great and there is a strong sense of plac [...]

    27. I have long believed in ghosts, but not in the supernatual or paranormal sense I believe ghosts are memories or what Toni Morrison names as rememory I heard on NPR this week a man say that he was the grandchild of slaves and when he went into the voting booth and cast his ballot for Senator Obama he saw his grandparents faces, rememory I once went to Auschwitz in Poland and my friend said to me as we walked thru the sadness, they are looking at us, they are in the flowers, rememory I have long b [...]

    28. Words like Holocaust, Slavery, War etc loose over time the terror they should inspire upon one s mind Reminding us about what these evils feel like is one important role art plays Toni Morrison does exactly that in this book, and in a effective way PastShe starts her story in the middle when slavery is already banned and biggest horrors have already passed however this is not a happily ever after In fact, for people who have been slave or to generalize suffer miserably in anyway for any signific [...]

    29. Beloved has been quickly and thoroughly canonized than any other modern book, so and because it suffers from two curses The first is the curse of the classic itself, what you might call the Moby Dick curse everyone read it too early so no one liked it It s not exactly difficult nor exactly is Moby Dick , but it s not easy either, and a high schooler forced to read it is going to suspect it of being good for her, which is no fun for anyone When I polled my bookish friends about this book, I got [...]

    30. I did not end up caring much for this book I really wanted to like it since it is a classic, but it really was a chore for me There was so much time jumping without obvious breaks that it was difficult to understand It also didn t help that there was a mix of prose, poetry, and stream of consciousness.I can see how some might see this as a must read, but not me.

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