It is the mid-1800s. At Sweet Home in Kentuckhy, 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/03/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099273936
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Review by murraymint11
Reminiscent of ‘Roots’ and ‘The Color Purple’, I found the language dense and fairly challenging at first; I had to concentrate while reading throughout the book, and sometimes had to read a sentence twice over (which I actually didn’t mind).I liked the way the author gave out the background story in tiny snippets. I found it an often harrowing tale, and somewhat shocking in that a lot of the trauma described so vividly in the book happened after the abolition of slavery.
Review by LynleyS
This isn't the sort of book I'd read for fun. I knew before I started that it would be depressing - but worthy. I learnt a lot about the years after the civil war in America, and got a glimpse into what it might've been like for blacks suddenly freed from slavery. But I wasn't a fan of the supernatural element. I wasn't expecting that. That said, the storytelling technique and Morisson's use of language is certainly fresh and original. She is in a class of her own.