Book :: Beloved

By: Toni Morrison
Pages: 324
Published: 1987
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
African American
Magical Realism
Award(s): Nobel Prize in Literature (1993)
Pulitzer Prize (1988)
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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) 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...

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what's not to love about Beloved?? Wonderful read.

Jan 4th, 2018

Hammer2665 Hammer2665

Jul 9th, 2017

justinwolfe82 justinwolfe82

It was a bit challenging for me to get into this book. I feel like it's book you need to truly study to truly understand. I just do not think it would be in my top 10.

May 26th, 2017

Aaron Sztrakoniczky Aaron Sztrakoniczky

A bit too hard.

Apr 9th, 2017

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Dec 6th, 2016

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Mar 9th, 2015

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Dec 12th, 2014

Caro60 Caro60

This book went some way to helping me to understand what it meant to be a slave and the level of physical and psychological degradation involved. That a child could be so beloved that you would prefer to see it dead than have it live the life of slavery which you have led is a truly frightening outcome. And for that child to come back to be reborn to you and to haunt you with that decision is almost unimaginable. One of the most chillingly powerful novels I have read in a long time.

Nov 24th, 2014

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May 9th, 2014

red13x red13x

I really enjoyed this book. I occasionally found the haunting side of the story a bit harder to take in as the rest was so vividly real and plausible. When I did allow myself to be taken in by all aspects of the story I found it hard to put down! I would strongly recommend this book to anyone.

Jan 12th, 2014

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Jan 4th, 2014

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Aug 3rd, 2013

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