Beloved: A Novel

Beloved: A Novel

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By (author) Toni Morrison

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 26mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 21 August 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099760118
  • ISBN 13: 9780099760115
  • Sales rank: 8,734

Product description

It is the mid-1800s. At Sweet Home in Kentucky, an era is ending as slavery comes under attack from the abolitionists. The worlds of Halle and Paul D. are to be destroyed in a cataclysm of torment and agony. The world of Sethe, however, is to turn from one of love to one of violence and death - the death of Sethe's baby daughter Beloved, whose name is the single word on the tombstone, who died at her mother's hands, and who will return to claim retribution.

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Author information

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, most recently, A Mercy. She has also received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction.

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It is the mid-1800s. At Sweet Home in Kentucky, an era is ending as slavery comes under attack from the abolitionists. The worlds of Halle and Paul D. are to be destroyed in a cataclysm of torment and agony. The world of Sethe, however, is to turn from one of love to one of violence and death - the death of Sethe's baby daughter Beloved, whose name is the single word on the tombstone, who died at her mother's hands, and who will return to claim retribution.

Editorial reviews

This is Morrison's masterwork for which she was awarded the Pulitzer and, subsequently, the Nobel Prize. It is an unflinchingly tough and heart-wrenching novel, examining the ghosts of slavery in the lives of black American women. Sethe has killed her own daughter, Beloved, with a saw rather than return her to the plantations. Some years later, in the summer of 1873, a troubled and oddly familiar young woman appears in Sethe's life. Has the past caught up with her at last? Beloved is a novel of great lyrical beauty and emotional intensity. Review by Jim Crace, whose books include 'Being Dead' (Kirkus UK)