Beloved

Beloved

Book rating: 01 Paperback Vintage Classics

By (author) Toni Morrison

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  • Publisher: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 1,320g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099511657
  • ISBN 13: 9780099511656
  • Sales rank: 4,212

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Terrible, unspeakable things happened to Sethe at Sweet Home, the farm where she lived as a slave for so many years until she escaped to Ohio. Her new life is full of hope but eighteen years later she is still not free. Sethe's new home is not only haunted by the memories of her past but also by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

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Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She is the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved (made into a major film), Paradise and Love. She has also received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction.

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By Patrick Perrault 17 Apr 2014 1

Stay away from this book. Boring, pretentious and non-nonsensical, this book is not worth it even if you got it for free.

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"A magnificent achievement...an American masterpiece" -- A.S. Byatt Guardian "A triumph" -- Margaret Atwood New York Times Book Review "She melds horror and beauty in a story that will disturb the mind forever" Sunday Times "Toni Morrison is not just an important contemporary novelist but a major figure in our national literature" New York Review of Books "A work of genuine force...Beautifully written" Washington Post

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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.