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Beloved by Toni Morrison
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Jan 14, 2016

it was amazing
bookshelves: southern, the-softest-places, trauma
Recommended for: people who dig trauma & psychological power relationships.
Read in October, 2007

oh my god.

i know there's a camp for both loving and hating toni morrison. from the beginning of this review, i am not going to subscribe to either of them. i will say that i am usually not a fan, despite her popularity, and that i did not expect to enjoy this book.

but i did.

the way that morrison deals with traumatic memory, with mental enslavement, alongside the lyricism of the novel, the sort of authenticity that she manages to give it, the way that it performs the african american aesthetic you always hear about. i don't even hate her for the faulknerian aspect (hey, isn't everyone a compilation of their heroes?).

this wasn't reading a book for me, this was bearing witness and i loved it for that.

i'll probably bump it down from ecstacy when i cool off--for now i am enamored of this novel.
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Patwente Yep. You got it.

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