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
(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 many hideous things happened. Meanwhile Sethe's house has long been troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: "Beloved."
Sethe works at beating back the past, but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly in her memory and in the lives of those around her. When a mysterious teenage girl arrives, calling herself Beloved, Sethe's terrible secret explodes into the present.
Combining the visionary power of legend with the unassailable truth of history, Morrison's unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature.