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Beloved by Toni Morrison
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May 03, 11

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Toni Morrison's Beloved is one of the greatest achievements of the 20th Century. Studying the present state of African-American existence and slavery's long reach into people's lives today in the United States, Beloved gets a constantly discussed and debated social and political message across through the use of surrealism. The aspect of Beloved that is truly profound is not the character development (which is deep and well-crafted) or the presentation of Morrison's main intent (which is both elusive and subtle and unwavering and direct, if that is possible). No, what makes Beloved a touchstone in literature is the truly bizarre components of the book. How about a chapter spoken by a ghost? But is she a ghost? It is awesome. Writing a quality surrealistic novel is a tall order. Having it be about black American's plight is even taller. Morrison pulls both off like no other. She is one of our ultimate, peerless literary voices.
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