Toni Morrison - Beloved

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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 sexual 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.

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Audio - Compact DiscUnabridgedMarch 20, 2007Random House5.75"(h) x 5.25"(w) x 1.25"(d), 0.64 lbs.9780739342275, Hardcover - PrebindingJune 08, 2004Bt Bound8"(h) x 5.25"(w) x 0.75"(d), 0.95 lbs.9781417635542, Hardcover275September 01, 1987Alfred a Knopf Inc9.5"(h) x 6.5"(w) x 1.25"(d), 1.3 lbs.9780394535975, Hardcover316October 17, 2006Random House Inc8.25"(h) x 5.25"(w) x 1"(d), 1.1 lbs.9780307264886, PaperbackLarge Print379October 01, 1998Random House Large Print9.5"(h) x 6.25"(w) x 1.25"(d), 1.2 lbs.9780375704147, PaperbackReprint321June 01, 2004Vintage Books8"(h) x 5.25"(w) x 0.75"(d), 0.7 lbs.9781400033416, PaperbackTranslation359February 28, 2004Debolsillo7.75"(h) x 5"(w) x 1"(d), 0.6 lbs.9788497932653

Professional Reviews


Atwood, Margaret, New York Times Book Review: "Ms. Morrison's versatility and technical and emotional range appear to know no bounds....'Beloved' is written in an antiminimalist prose that is by turns rich, graceful, eccentric, rough, lyrical, sinuous, colloquial and very much to the point....In this book, the other world exists and magic works, and the prose is up to it. If you can believe page one--and Ms. Morrison's verbal authority compels belief--you're hooked on the rest of the book.", Byatt, A. S., Salon: "BELOVED rewrites the great 19th century American novels, with their imagery of white and black, light and darkness; it attains real tragedy; and it is so well-written and so thoroughly imagined that it leaves the reader feeling triumphant instead of downcast.", Winfrey, Oprah, New York Times: "I carried it around like it was the Bible while I was shooting the film and prior to that I had read it twice. Her writing is such that you can't take it all in the first time. You have to spoon-feed it to yourself. I can read Toni Morrison's work over and over again and find something new every time."