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I’m not sure I can review Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1987 novel "Beloved" without doing it some bit of injustice. That being said, I must urge everyone everywhere to read. this. book! Morrison is a master of exploring the dark, shadowed underbelly of our history and our cultural consciousness, and specifically in regards to the legacy of slavery. Because her work is so literary, I found myself having to re-read certain passages in order to grasp and savor the meaning. But that, to me, is what makes the work so profound: the language. Morrison has essentially created her own lexicon of trauma, memory and suffering and has done so in a way that feels entirely original and distinct.— Claudia
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 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. 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.