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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the pastSethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio but eighteen years later she is still not free She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened Meanwhile Sethe’s house has long been troubled by the angry destructive ghost of her baby who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word BelovedSethe works at beating back the past but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly in her memory and in the lives of those around her When a mysterious teenage girl arrives calling herself Beloved Sethe’s terrible secret explodes into the presentCombining the visionary power of legend with the unassailable truth of history Morrison’s unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature


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    Beloved is the Great American Horror Novel Sorry Stephen King evil clowns and alcoholic would be writers are pretty creepy but they just got nothing on the terrifying specter of American slavery I literally got chills physical chills over and over while reading this book To me great horror has the scary element eg a ghost and then lurking behind it something so vast and evil that trying to think about it can make you go insane Beloved did that It worked as horror And then also even it worked as great American literature I don't think in these terms too often but it does seem like there's such a thing as national novels I'm sure there's a better fancier way to talk about what I mean which is books that are so specifically about The American Experience that being an American reading them feels very special and intimate as if it's a book about my own family That feels like a strange and dorky thing for me to say but it's how I felt Slavery is such an essential part of all our heritage that reading this treatment of it felt very personal like listening to secrets about your grandparents Beloved really worked on something at the heart of the American experience and while I don't usually think in those terms this book forced me to which is one of many reasons why it did affect me so muchI feel like Morrison has a certain reputation and associations that are completely at odds with what her work is actually like Maybe it's the Toni with an i thing it's definitely the Oprah connection and the fact that she's a lady author but whatever the reasons I feel like people who haven't read her believe that Morrison writes these lovely lyrical ladylike books that will soften the heart and elevate the soul and I mean I guess in a way she does but these lovely books will give you seriously deranged nightmares Toni Morrison is out of her MIND I mean she really must be in order to write these things I can't imagine what it would be like to have this incredibly twisted stuff come out of my brain Of course the most horrific parts of the book aren't invented Morrison clearly spent a lot of time researching the historical record of slavery and thinking about its effects and meaning and her ability to wrest a novel like this out of that past is just incomprehensible because in fact Beloved really is lovely and lyrical but it's about the most disturbing shit imaginable It's interesting to see how divided people on this site are about Morrison A lot of people just LOATHE her I think that's pretty understandable when you consider her subject matter Some girl on here was like UGH Beastiality rape torture infanticide Toni Morrison is DISGUSTING And I mean well that girl's got a point this book was pretty icky but it's about kind of an icky topic ya know?In a weird way this felt a bit like the anti Proust it's about memory but instead of being a plotless enchanting European meander through a picturesque past Beloved is a brutal and ruthless American cousin with rough bloody hands running through the woods screaming The book is about the problem of memory specifically the memory of trauma both on a personal and national level I feel like everyone always wants to write these great books about the most terrible shit but the fact is that doing so right is incredibly hard which is maybe why there're so many bad books about tragedy and so many good books about boring people's mundane little problems You really have to know what you're doing to write about the most terrible shit well and Morrison picked THE most terrible shit in America's past then wrote an original and organic ghost story that deserves its hallowed place in American literature Ya know one thing we think about in social work school or that I thought about anyway is the relationship between macro events or phenomena eg a war or racism and its micro effects on individuals This book depicts the effects of slavery on people individually and collectively with just well shattering genius But don't try this at home folks She is a lady of unusual talent and skills and in most people's clumsy hands this effort'd be dangerous Beloved isn't flawless and it's not one of my all time favorite books or anything However it is a great classic and I think everyone who hasn't already should read it well actually let me amend that A lot of people on here as noted hate this book If you struggle to follow a slightly nonlinear narrative or are white and feel personally affronted by descriptions of historical wrongs perpetrated by white people on black people you might chose another book club selection Everyone else though I think should give this a go especially if you love ghost storiesPS I just had a really fun idea for a literary double date which would be Cathy from Wuthering Heights with Beloved and Medea with Sethe They could all go on the Oprah show together and talk about their traumatic experiences I would definitely definitely watch that and I bet other people would too