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Beloved: a novel

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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. In Beloved, Toni Morrison has given us a great American novel. Toni Morrison was awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Literature for Beloved.
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ISBN:
9780307264886
030738862
9780394535975
9781415935354
037540273
9780452261365
9781400033416
9780307388629
9780452264465
9780739346747
9780140283402
9780739342275
9780451156594
Reading Level:
UG
Level 6, 15 Points
Lexile measure:
870L
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Grouped Work ID 0288e1bf-6f2f-529f-7594-8d32e4bbe58b
Full title beloved
Author morrison toni
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-23 10:05:52AM
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display_description Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read
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.
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subject_facet African American women -- Fiction, African Americans -- Fiction, Electronic books, Historical fiction, Infanticide -- Fiction, Ohio -- Fiction, Pulitzer Prize -- 1988, Women slaves -- Fiction
title_display Beloved : a novel
title_full Beloved, Beloved / Toni Morrison ; with an introduction by A.S. Byatt, Beloved : a novel / by Toni Morrison, Beloved [sound recording] : [a novel] / by Toni Morrison
title_short Beloved :
title_sub a novel
topic_facet African American Fiction, African American women, African Americans, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Infanticide, Literature, Pulitzer Prize, Women slaves