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Beloved (Paperback) Paperback – January 1, 2004


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  • Paperback
  • ASIN: B002MPRUH2
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FMT on November 19, 2010
Beloved is a spell-binding masterpiece that captures the true plight of slaves and the horror slavery brings. I have never read a novel as touching, maniac, and traumatizing as this. The story revolves around Sethe, a devoted mother and runaway slave, who fights to keep her past buried, but finds that it keeps "...[coming] back whether [she] want[s] it or not," (Chapter 1, 16). We follow her story, as well as others', as we learn of the real story of slavery and all the terror and pain that come with it through connections that turn arbitrary facts into startling revelations.

Throughout Beloved, Toni Morrison switches from one character's perspective to another. As the novel begins, we learn that Sethe (a former slave) and her daughter, Denver, have been living in 124 for many years. Once a strong, independent woman, Sethe's state deteriorates as a new woman named Beloved, who appears out of nowhere, arrives and takes claim to Sethe, exclaiming "She mine" (Chapter 20, 236), thus forcing Sethe's childhood friend, Paul D. out of the picture. Paul D, who appears unannounced, is Sethe's acquaintance from her earlier home, Sweet Home. They both have memories to reminisce on and they do so openly at first, which upsets Denver. Although she is immature towards Paul D in the very beginning, Denver eventually becomes a woman as she protects Sethe from Beloved.

Although this riveting account of Sethe's struggle to move on seems entirely plausible, this work is a Neo-slave narrative. Morrison brilliantly uses her imagination to depict the perfect insanity that unfolds within Beloved. Although this is not a real-life experience, Morrison plunges you into her world, making her story a reality. This work is also a prime example of philosophical fiction.
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There are moments when the book soars to heights that I have rarely seen in my life. But there are also moments when the prose is simply too clunky (sorry, I know that post modern writing can be about the prose, but when it comes in the way of a story it's doing just that).
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By Lyndsey on May 25, 2012
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Great service and great book. Nothing else to say about it! Everything came quickly. (I actually had to replace a book from school that was my teacher's that i lost...)
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By Anthonybug on February 19, 2012
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Morrison's book, Beloved, is an excellent example of post-modern literature written in the natural vernacular of the setting. Truly an excellent read, providing an in-depth look at parent/child relationships and post-bellum society.
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