Beloved (Plume Contemporary Fiction)

by Toni Morrison | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0452264464 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Panzeranzi of Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on 2/28/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Panzeranzi from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Tuesday, February 28, 2006
" Toni Morrison--author of Song of Solomon and Tar Baby--is a writer of remarkable powers: her novels, brilliantly acclaimed for their passion, their dazzling language and their lyric and emotional force, combine the unassailable truths of experience and emotion with the vision of legend and imagination.

It is the story--set in post-Civil War Ohio--of Sethe, an escaped slave who has risked death in order to wrench herself from a living death; who has lost a husband and buried a child; who has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad: a woman of "iron eyes and backbone to match." Sethe lives in a small house on the edge of town with her daughter, Denver, her mother-in-law, Baby Suggs, and a disturbing, mesmerizing intruder who calls herself Beloved.

Sethe works at "beating back the past," but it is alive in all of them. It keeps Denver fearful of straying from the house. It fuels the sadness that has settled into Baby Suggs' "desolated center where the self that was no self made its home." And to Sethe, the past makes itself heard and felt incessantly: in memories that both haunt and soothe her...in the arrival of Paul D ("There was something blessed in his manner. Women saw him and wanted to weep"), one of her fellow slaves on the farm where she had once been kept...in the vivid and painfully cathartic stories she and Paul D tell each other of their years in captivity, of their glimpses of freedom...and, most powerfully, in the apparition of Beloved, whose eyes are expressionless at their deepest point, whose doomed childhood belongs to the hideous logic of slavery and who, as daughter, sister and seductress, has now come from the "place over there" to claim retribution for what she lost and for what was taken from her.

Sethe's struggle to keep Beloved from gaining full possession of her present--and to throw off the long, dark legacy of her past--is at the center of this profoundly affecting and startling novel. But its intensity and resonance of feeling, and the boldness of its narrative, lift it beyond its particulars so that it speaks to our experience as an entire nation with a past of both abominable and ennobling circumstance."
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I was so happy when Toni Morrison got the Nobelprize - she is worth it down to every word she has written. I love her stories and her magificient language!

#223 "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die"

Journal Entry 2 by Panzeranzi at Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Saturday, December 10, 2016

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Journal Entry 3 by babelfisk at Jönköping, Småland Sweden on Thursday, December 15, 2016
Kom med fyra kompisar. Tusen tack, Panzeranzi!

Journal Entry 4 by babelfisk at Jönköping, Småland Sweden on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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On its way to Nordpirat. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 5 by Nordpirat at Bromma, Stockholm Sweden on Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Arrived. Thank you!
I now have three Morrison novels in my book shelf. This one will probably have to wait for a while because I'd like to read Morrisons debut novel, The bluest eyes first.

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