by Toni Morrison
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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 18 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. 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.
Beloved is an okay novel, but I was lost for the majority of it. I believe Morrison was trying a little bit too hard in some places. As for the audiobook itself, it is absolutely horrible. Morrison reads extremely slow. If she had read it at normal speed, the length of the audiobook could have been cut from twelve hours to around seven or eight. But as far as the novel itself, maybe I'm just missing something. I don't see how this is one of the best pieces of American literature. Sorry.
This audiobook is absolutely terrible. Morrison reads painfully slow that it even made me forget how the sentence started. Her very soft and monotone voice put me to sleep every time. And the WORST part is how she says 3 words, pauses and takes a breath, says 3 more words, and pauses and take a breath. Her breathing was so extremely irritating. I wouldn't be dragging myself through this unnecessarily long audiobook if it weren't for my english class :(
Beloved is one of the best American novels to date
Beloved is one of best American novels to date. Toni Morrison mixes multiple genres and writes with a voice so singularly her own to create a masterpiece that will move, shatter, and reconstruct the emotions of those who read Beloved. If you do not want to read the book, Morrison's voice will spin the delicate yet unyielding story of 'Dearly Beloved' into a fictional reality so enduring, it becomes almost inescapable.
The novel revolves around a formerly enslaved woman's plight of possession and self-possession. In the protagonist Sethe's journey from slave to freed woman, Morrison raises questions regarding the notion of freedom, what it truly means to be free, and how to claim one's self after being enslaved. Infanticide may be a ghastly central element of Beloved, but it is all the more relevant and necessary for its brutality.
Why does Sethe believe she possesses the right to claim her children's lives? Is her act of violence any better or worse than the slavery she endured? Morrison does not clearly answer which claim may hold more value, and most certainly does not condone infanticide, nor does she celebrate Margaret Garner and the crime she committed.
Do not become lost in the tragic telling of a tale. Morrison has jumped on no bandwagon, and I do not believe anyone 'celebrates' the murder of a three-year-old child.