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Jun 27, 2021alexqise rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The novel begins with an escaped slave woman named Sethe and her daughter Denver, living in their house in Ohio. However, the house is haunted by the ghost of Sethe’s daughter who she killed. One day, a girl named beloved finds Sethe and…
Jun 24, 2021poibooks rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
And I’m ugly crying again. Again, but this time after the run on sentence stream of consciousness. I don’t know what it said but I am ugly crying again. I’ve never been so moved by words on a page. Ever. Maybe its just the pandemic, or six…
Apr 08, 2021CMLibrary_DJeffrey rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Possibly the hardest book I've read. You can tell she put her soul into every single word.
Sep 13, 2020
bookriot list of top 50 historical fiction--never read it, so maybe it's time.
Sep 06, 2020
I think it reflects the love a mother has for her child
Aug 22, 2020KellyLatimer rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
A good novel that conveys the horror and depravity of slavery in the United States around the time of the civil war. The author does a good job of entwining mental and supernatural haunting as a way of illustrating the damage caused to…
Aug 18, 2020wyenotgo rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This was a hard book to read: hard to find my way through Morrison’s dense imagery, overheated personal drama, circuitous narrative style, magical realism. And hard to stomach its subject matter: hardly any aspect of human degradation has…
Aug 11, 2020ashleyung rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The story begins in 1873 in Cincinnati, Ohio, following the end of the American Civil War and the abolishment of slavery. The story centers around Sethe, a former slave, who lives with her eighteen-year-old daughter, Denver, on 124…
Oct 12, 2019
Did I read this already?? Do we have at home?
Sep 03, 2019
Didn't care for or finish it.
Aug 07, 2019jimg2000 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Saw the acclaimed 1998 film (many thanks to Oprah) and then read the book years ago. Recall surprised and shocked by the very raw story ... and the prose on "colors" of things and "without skin" used to describe white men. Have not…
Jun 23, 2019samoan_wayfarer rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Personally I had difficulties in starting the book, but after finishing Beloved I can see why it is considered to be a classic novel and the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize! Definitely the type of novel I would come back to read and…
Jun 10, 2019
I first read Beloved when I was 20 or 21, almost 20 years ago now, so I decided to give it another read. Though it had certainly made an impression on me, this time through has been so much more meaningful for me as a reader. The story is…
Dec 08, 2018alexy93 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
a crime against humanity. slavery contributes to the destruction of one's identity and ultimately the soul. the weight of its chains is felt across generations.
Jan 31, 2018RogerDeBlanck rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Upon its publication in 1987, Beloved was deemed a masterpiece, and it went on to win the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Through the character of Sethe, Morrison investigates the tragic, true-life events surrounding an ex-slave named…
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Apr 26, 2017trcookIIImddmd rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
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Mar 23, 2017natalie_marrujo2014 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The plotline was very deep, but the characters look 3-dimensional. To me, I am so speechless to recommend long enough. Overall, a masterpiece worth reading behind history!
Jan 09, 2017njon38 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Morrison is a powerful and lyrical writer of unspeakable things taking place at an inhuman time in our country. Beloved is the murdered baby, the grandmother on the slave ship, the voice of all those lost in the Middle Passage. It is not…
Jun 13, 2016writermala rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
A powerful book that seems to have been a lived experience almost.
Nov 26, 2015
Selected for the Logan Central Tuesday Book Club in 2016. For a full list of 2016 selections, see the Logan Central Tuesday Book Club list.
Jul 22, 2015markn796 rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
This book is generally viewed as a great work of literary fiction, but I have difficulty finding any reasons why. I understand it was intentionally written in a confusing manner to make the reader feel instantly wrapped up in the plot,…
May 12, 2015
One of the ten best American novels. Morrison at her very best.
Jul 05, 2014cfogarty66 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
If you like Beloved, you read the The Bluest Eyes!
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Jun 17, 2014voisjoe1 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This was a complex novel, as it bridges the years when slave-holding was legal in America to the decade after the outlawing of slavery by the Thirteenth Amendment. We meet slaves, slave-holders, people helping slaves cross the Ohio River…
Mar 04, 2014
This book is about the repercussions of slavery for the people who survived it and features a terrifying baby ghost. Morrison is an amazing, evocative writer.