Book Review – Beloved-Toni Morrison

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.
Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.
Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison.
Beloved is a Great American Horror Novel. Beloved is the sun, the Moon, the stars… in other words. She’s everything in this book without Beloved, the story would lack a core and a structure – without her, we have no plot. And to top it off she’s also the character that compels Denver and Sethe to face themselves.
So Beloved is there right from the epigraph, and she’s sure still there in the ending. The ending of the novel is all about a lonely spirit wandering around the woods. Whoever Beloved is an if that is her running around in the woods behind 124, she’s basically alone and worse forgotten.

Review by
P. Indhumathi

Author: Book Club India

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