Beloved

Beloved

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Set after the American Civil War (1861-1865), the novel is inspired by the story of an African American slave, Margaret Garner, who escaped slavery in Kentucky late January 1856 by fleeing to Ohio, a free state. In the novel, the protagonist Sethe is also a slave who escapes slavery, running to Cincinnati, Ohio. After twenty-eight days of freedom, a posse arrives to retrieve her and her children under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which gave slave owners the right to pursue slaves across state borders. Sethe kills her two-year-old daughter rather than allow her to be recaptured and taken back to Sweet Home, the Kentucky plantation from which Sethe recently fled. A woman presumed to be her daughter, called Beloved, returns years later to haunt Sethe's home at 124 Bluestone Road, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, [2004]
Edition: First Vintage International edition
Copyright Date: 1987
ISBN: 9780756940553
0756940559
9781400033416
1400033411
Characteristics: xix, 321 pages ; 21 cm

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this is the story of Sethe, an escaped slave in post-Civil War Ohio, Paul D. who shares the stories of captivity and freedom, and the apparition of Beloved who "has come from the 'place over there'” to claim retribution for what she lost and for what was taken f... Read More »


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trcookIIImddmd
Apr 26, 2017

Another lynching story more or less copied in the Faulkner modernist obscurant style. Liberals like Faulkner and John Grisham give their borg lynching stories which please that mindset: Sycamore Row from Grisham and Dry September from Faulkner. Like obama Morrison was given the Pulitzer and Nobel prize for being black. I selected Beloved since it is supposedly her best work; the hoi-poloi love to commend it thinking it makes them appear intellectual and chic. I thought it would be crap, but it isn't; it harbors silly negro mysticism, but that is pretty much a characteristic of the beast. I had to make myself read the first thirty pages, then I got into it and it was interesting--not beautiful like Penn Warren's All The King's Men nor half as good a story as To Kill A Mockingbird: my favorite, and my selection for most perfectly written novel.

Who was this offensive to: a loser liberal jackass; or a loser mindless african?

The plotline was very deep, but the characters look 3-dimensional. To me, I am so speechless to recommend long enough. Overall, a masterpiece worth reading behind history!

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njon38
Jan 09, 2017

Morrison is a powerful and lyrical writer of unspeakable things taking place at an inhuman time in our country. Beloved is the murdered baby, the grandmother on the slave ship, the voice of all those lost in the Middle Passage. It is not an easy read.

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writermala
Jun 13, 2016

A powerful book that seems to have been a lived experience almost.

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LoganLib_Central
Nov 26, 2015

Selected for the Logan Central Tuesday Book Club in 2016. For a full list of 2016 selections, see the Logan Central Tuesday Book Club list.

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markn796
Jul 22, 2015

This book is generally viewed as a great work of literary fiction, but I have difficulty finding any reasons why. I understand it was intentionally written in a confusing manner to make the reader feel instantly wrapped up in the plot, but I was unimpressed by a complete lack of clarity. It was a poor attempt at combining the courageous perseverance of former slaves and a pitiful horror-based ghost story. Hopping between the timelines was far from seamless. One chapter lacked even a single comprehensive sentence. I finished the book feeling no empathy for the characters. I found the overarching concept the book was supposedly about intriguing, but the story itself was bland, the characters both uninteresting and unlikable, the plot impossible to follow, and the book poorly written overall.

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dianelivia
May 12, 2015

One of the ten best American novels. Morrison at her very best.

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cfogarty66
Jul 05, 2014

If you like Beloved, you read the The Bluest Eyes!

voisjoe1 Jun 17, 2014

This was a complex novel, as it bridges the years when slave-holding was legal in America to the decade after the outlawing of slavery by the Thirteenth Amendment. We meet slaves, slave-holders, people helping slaves cross the Ohio River into free-state Ohio, bounty hunters pursuing slaves in free-state Ohio, and also former slaves, years after the granting of their freedom. The novel bounces back-and-forth across the border and also across time, so the reader has the task of trying to keep track of why the author sequences the events as she does. But this is her masterpiece and she is a Nobel Prize winner and she is at the top of her game in this work. Readers still argue today, was infanticide the best option for one of the protagonists of the novel?

multcolib_dianaa Mar 04, 2014

This book is about the repercussions of slavery for the people who survived it and features a terrifying baby ghost. Morrison is an amazing, evocative writer.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.

Laura_X Feb 05, 2016

Me and you, we got more yesterday than anybody. We need some kind of tomorrow.

SPL_STARR Jun 15, 2015

"124 was spiteful."

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EuSei Sep 24, 2012

Violence: Rape. Extreme violence.

EuSei Sep 24, 2012

Sexual Content: Oral sex, incest

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