I read this book as part of a Banned Book Challenge that I am taking part in this year and I really enjoyed it.
Starting the book, I found it took a f...moreI read this book as part of a Banned Book Challenge that I am taking part in this year and I really enjoyed it.
Starting the book, I found it took a few pages to get used to the contrast in the dialogue (written in the dialect spoken by the blacks of Africa and the Caribbean) and the narrative, which was beautifully written and poetic at times.
This story is about Janey, a strong, young black girl living in Florida in the 1930's and her struggles with life and love. It's easy for me to see why this book is so highly regarded. (less)
I liked this book. It's one I've always wanted to read and finally got around to as part of my Banned Book Challenge. It wasn't a page turner and ther...moreI liked this book. It's one I've always wanted to read and finally got around to as part of my Banned Book Challenge. It wasn't a page turner and there were parts that I really had to push myself through but I found that the second half of the book picked up and became easier to read.
I found that I was able to really relate to Connie (Lady Chatterley) as I, too, have been in an emotionally unsatisfying marriage and asked myself if there wasn't more to life. So many passages really struck home for me and I found myself not only rooting for Connie to find happiness but learning about myself in the process.
The book wasn't as shocking or racy as I expected it to be given all I've heard about it but then I can see how it would have been scandalous in 1928, when it was first released.
To be honest, I didn't like this book before I started it. I was skeptical about Toni Morrison because of all of the negative critic...more3.5 stars out of 5
To be honest, I didn't like this book before I started it. I was skeptical about Toni Morrison because of all of the negative criticism I've heard about her writing. Granted, there were plenty of positive reviews but the negative ones seriously jaded my view. Regardless, I agreed to read it with a couple of friends and although I was drawn into it from the first couple of pages I still didn't want to read it. But I also didn't want to put it down. I read it constantly, a few times instead of reading another book I was reading which I really loved and was much more in my comfort zone. The whole thing intrigued me. I didn't realize that it was a 'ghost story' before reading it and I thought I would hate that. I was wrong.
I've seriously debated how many stars I would give this one. I chose 3 because the parts that I did like, I really liked and deserved 4 stars. But there were parts of it that I read and didn't really grasp and got bored with causing me to consider 2 or even less stars. Then everything seemed to come together and make the earlier parts make sense.
Beloved gives a good look at the struggle of African Americans' during the times of slavery and gives, what I thought to be, an honest portrayal of strength, survival, human struggles and hope, with a nice paranormal mix. Thank you, Toni Morrison, for surprising me :)(less)
I plan to read Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin in the near future, which is a historical fiction novel based on Alice Liddell, the little girl t...moreI plan to read Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin in the near future, which is a historical fiction novel based on Alice Liddell, the little girl that Lewis Carroll wrote the Alice stories for. Before reading that one, I figured I should read this one.
Now that I've finished it, it's left me wondering… maybe I'm just not equipped to 'get' satire. I read and liked Alice in Wonderland and had a great time reading the story that I've always been so familiar with but never actually read. I have read and seen the Disney version and a few other movie adaptations, including the new one with Johnny Depp. I love the story and was excited to read the words actually written by Lewis Carroll. But when I read it, I guess I read it for what it was and didn't go a whole lot deeper. Did I miss something? From what I've heard, it's supposed to be a deep and profound book with all sorts of hidden meanings and themes and whatnot. Maybe I just didn't want to go deeper into it?
So, 4 stars because it's a great classic, well-written and fun. But now I'm off to read the Sparks Notes analysis that I've discovered, which gives a chapter by chapter look at the book and breaks it down with analysis, themes, motifs and symbols - words I haven't given a whole lot of thought to since high school. I'm hoping that this only adds to my positive experience with this book, rather than taking a way from it. Sometimes things should just be left as they are and not looked at too deeply. We shall see if this is an example of that… and see if it changes my rating at all. (less)
This was a weird one for me. I wasn't crazy about the writing style and I felt as though I was continually waiting for something to happen and it just...moreThis was a weird one for me. I wasn't crazy about the writing style and I felt as though I was continually waiting for something to happen and it just kept dragging. There were definitely spots that it picked up but they were closer to the end.
What I did love were the characters. They were sterotypically cast and their parts were well-played. Most of them were incredibley shallow but there were a few with genuine goodness which made for nice contrast.
I also loved the way that, by the end, the entire book tied together. It was all about the bigger picture, rather than those small events I kept waiting for. Every seemingly unrelated incident impacted on the final outcome and when these started coming together, it became interesting for me.
I've flipped so many times now back and forth between 3 and 4 stars for this one and have never wished so often that GR had 1/2 stars. I probably won't read this book again. I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. But I do respect it and its ability to have stood the test of time and still remain true, 85 years later, to the basics of human nature. (less)