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Beloved by Toni Morrison
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Aug 23, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: high-school, time-all-time-100
Read in August, 1996

When I said that I didn't particularly care for Beloved, a friend of A.'s said it was because I was a white guy and that it was impossible for me to understand where Toni Morrison was coming from. "No," I replied quite matter-of-factly, "I just didn't care for this particular work." Phrases like "heavy-handed" and "over-the-top" came to mind. I guess it didn't help that the book was basically thrust upon me rather than me coming across it through my own explorations.
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message 1: by Rob (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:46PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Rob @Sherri: I think my friend was putting the blame squarely on me... That by virtue of my gender and race, I was incapable of fully appreciating the story. I wouldn't necessarily fault Morrison for constructing the narrative the way that she did -- she's well-celebrated and I have enjoyed excerpts from other works by her; it's just this particular novel that I don't much care for.

message 2: by sarah (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:50PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

sarah wow. i find this kind of crazy because the argument posed by A's friend seems to de facto imply that literature can't cross boundaries of race, gender, class etc. which i think is bullshit.

i loved Beloved. the characterization, the premise, the writing style. i consider it a favorite book.

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