Jun 15, 13
fans of Toni Morrison, fans of contemporary fiction, fans of the written word
Read in August, 1996, read count: 2
may be my favorite contemporary author. She is certainly in my Top 5. Each and every one of her novels is extraordinary. Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and although it's not quite my personal favorite, it's probably her masterpiece as well as one of the greatest creations in the history of the written word. Morrison's prose is exquisite, which makes reading her books pure joy. If she was simply writing nonsense, the pleasure would still be all ours. However, she weaves spellbinding plots and develops unforgettable characters, so really, there is nothing to criticize. Beloved is powerful, and it's definitely the darkest of her novels (which is saying something!) A tale of slavery that makes that abomination all the more horrible by focusing on the victims rather than the act or the crime. And what one victim (Sethe) does to free her child from slavery's grip makes this one of the most affecting books you'll ever read. Deserving of every honor heaped upon it.