"I'm not trying to cast blame," explained author Toni Morrison in a recent interview about her racially revisionist literature. "I'm just trying to look at something without blinking." That is certainly an apt description of her approach to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved: In it she has focused her steady gaze on a dreadful epis
That being said, I really hated this book.
I like fantasy and magical realism. I find the dreams and allegories that live just underneath the skin of the world we can more readily see and touch endlessly fascinating. I like my stories intense and emotional, and I...more
You are my sister
You are my daughter
You are my face; you are me
I have found you again; you have come back to me
You are my beloved
You are mine
You are mine"
It's 6 o'clock in the morning and I have finished with one of the best books I have ever read in the course of my short life.
I am sleepless and I need a moment to organize my thoughts, sort out my feelings. Come back to real life. But I can't.
A part of me is still with Sethe and her daughters, Denver and Beloved at 124. A part of me i...more
I didn't like any of the character -at all-or the plot. I know the book is supposed to give you a view on the cruel treatment of slaves but after I finished I actually...more
Here is another book that stormed my psyche and dosed me with emotions and impressions that shifted parts of me with tectonic force. From page one, Morrison throws you into the lives of black women and men who grew up as slaves and suffered unimaginable acts of cruelty...more
The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the label
Book #23: Beloved, by Toni Morrison (1987)
The story in a nutshell:
To understand the importance of 1987's Beloved, you need to understand that before this first...more
This is also my 124th book included in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die 2010 edition and I say that there is absolutely nothing like this. The theme is multi-layered: pointblank, it looks like a plain ghost story. But if you dig deeper, it is an anti-racial novel in...more
I ask because I get the sense that Beloved's status as a/(the?) Great (American) Novel tends to garner a range of support less unequivocal than that of, say, Moby Dick, or works b...more
Eventually I'll be able to write about it and feel I'm doing it justice.
In the meantime, here are a few thoughts, beginning with a favorite scene, one that is at the heart of Beloved--Baby Suggs' sermon in the Clearing:
"She did not tell them to clean up their lives or to go and sin no more. She di dnot tell them they were the blessed of the earth, its inheriting meek or its glorybound pure.
"She told them that the only grace they could have was the grace...more
Romanzo di straordinaria intensità, che apre uno squarcio brutale e al contempo delicato e poetico sulla condizione degli schiavi neri d’America nella seconda metà dell’Ottocento.
Le violenze fisiche e psicologiche perpetrate ai danni di un intero popolo, umiliato e tormentato per secoli, vengono trasfigurate da una forte simbologia, talora di sapore fiabesco, che sortisce inaspettatamente l’effetto di renderle ancora più crude e strazianti che se fossero descritte in modo realistico e...more
While I'm more prone to prefer the style and approach of, say, Cormac McCarthy, Morrison's work compares very favourably with his in certain respects - and also contrasts favourably as well. Hers, like his, is the kind of prose that from start to finish places you right down deep (bewilderingly deep, until you get acclimated) into the psychological and ontolog...more
The story concerns Set...more
Beloved is inspired by the story of a fugitive slave, Margaret Garner, who, to save he...more
The description of the male servants/workers f***ing the cows (poor creatures) because of the girl's good looks totally disgusted me.
I would never have picked it up if it weren't on the reading list for my uni class.
Se l'intenzione era denunciare l'inumanità e la spoliazione del sé operata contro le donne di colore, se una delle tante nuance di un'opera in cui il simbolismo si utilizza in quantità industriale...more
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Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters; among the best k...more