Terrible, unspeakable things happened to Sethe at Sweet Home, the farm where she lived as a slave for so many years until she escaped to Ohio.
Her new life is full of hope but eighteen years later she is still not free.
Sethe's new home is not only haunted by the memories of her past but also by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/12/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099511656
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Review by elliepotten
This was my first Toni Morrison, and it managed to be both everything I expected and nothing like I expected... It's the story of Sethe, a runaway slave living in Ohio, who many years ago killed her small daughter to prevent her being taken away by a posse of men from her former plantation. It's about how her actions have reverberated down the years, and about how slavery penetrated every part of society. There is a pervasive feeling of fear and oppression that seeps under the skin of the reader and refuses to leave. This is also, however, a ghost story, a feat of magical realism slightly akin to Eowyn Ivey's <i>The Snow Child</i> - and that I WASN'T expecting. I'm still not entirely sure what was going on with Beloved and Sethe, and I'm not entirely sure I liked it as a plot device (especially the stream-of-consciousness weirdness near the end)... but there we go. As a whole the book was beautifully written, brutal and evocative, and I think that even when the content, the storyline itself, has left my memory, the FEELING of reading it will linger. An interesting reading experience.