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ISBN13: 9780452280625
ISBN10: 0452280621
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At the center of Toni Morrison's fifth novel, which earned her the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War. Woven into this circular, mesmerizing narrative are the horrible truths of Sethe's past: the incredible cruelties she endured as a slave, and the hardships she suffered in her journey north to freedom. Just as Sethe finds the past too painful to remember, and the future just "a matter of keeping the past at bay," her story is almost too painful to read. Yet Morrison manages to imbue the wreckage of her characters' lives with compassion, humanity, and humor. Part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale, Beloved finds beauty in the unbearable, and lets us all see the enduring promise of hope that lies in anyone's future.

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"An extraordinary novel." The New York Times

Review:

"Another triumph.... Ms. Morrison's versatility and technical and emotional range appear to know no bounds... If you can believe page one — and Ms. Morrison's verbal authority compels belief — you're hooked on the rest of the book." Margaret Atwood, New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Toni Morrison was born in Ohio and is a graduate of Howard University and Cornell University. She has worked in publishing and taught at various colleges and universities, including Yale, Rutgers, and SUNY Albany as the Schweitzer Chair. She is currently Robert F. Goheen Professor at Princeton. She was the recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Nikki H, August 31, 2012 (view all comments by Nikki H)
This is my favorite book of all time. I actually re-read it once every few years. It never gets old, and each time I finish it I am again awed by how well written, and how truly gifted Toni Morrison really is. If you haven't read any of her work, this is definitely a great way to start.
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Kristina Mageau, August 19, 2012 (view all comments by Kristina Mageau)
I was blown away by the intensity of this book, and I could not put it down. The characters were full of life, strength, and hostility for great reason. I have never thought about this time in history in the same way since. Morrison really opened my eyes to the true horrors that lasted, and the struggles that still continue in some way in the modern day.
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Elissa Pfost, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Elissa Pfost)
one of my all-time favorite books ever. It's one I re-read. A magical, very moving experience. A writing effort that I never cease to be awe-mazed by.... Every time, I literally have to put the book down and say, "WOW. Now THAT is great literature." I don't know how she does it, but this woman is gifted, and you should not wait a moment more to experience her. This is my favorite of all her books.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452280625
Author:
Morrison, Toni
Publisher:
Plume
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Ohio
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Women slaves
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Infanticide
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
African-American women
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
6240
Publication Date:
1998
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.08x5.40x.60 in. .55 lbs.

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