June 1, 2004
June 1, 2004
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this 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.
In 2006 the New York Times chose Toni Morrison's fifth novel from 1987, BELOVED, as the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years, beating Don DeLillo, Cormack McCarthy, John Updike, and many others. Set during Reconstruction, much of BELOVED is told through flashbacks to pre-emancipation days in Kentucky. At the center of this kaleidoscopic tale is Sethe, a woman with a heavy past, emotionally and physically marked by slavery, poverty, and ****** violence. Sethe lives in rural Ohio with her mother-in-law Baby Suggs and her daughter Denver. Their home, however, is haunted by Beloved, Sethe's child who was killed nearly 2 decades before the novel begins. Morrison renders these women's brutal and powerful story in stunning detail through lyrical prose and magical dialog.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Politics, Conflicts + Dualities, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Family + Friendship, Settings, Religion + Beliefs, General, Stages of Life, Historical Fiction, Peoples + Cultures, Human Qualities + Behavior, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Literary
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Toni Morrison
- Online Item #: 11338879
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-6679
- ISBN: 9781400033416
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported