Thursday, October 13, 2016
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Since it's October and I am valiantly trying to be brave and read stories with a more disturbing edge this month, today's Throwback Thursday feature is one that fits nicely into that category. Morrison's Beloved has a spine tingling vibe from the start. The first time that I read Beloved there was a definite sense of 'what-the-heck' throughout the story. It's heart wrenching to read and will have the hairs on your arms standing on end. Morrison beautifully blends magical realism, history, and human tragedy into a story that grips the reader. Beloved is an emotional ride with a story and characters that will haunt you. (See what I did there?) If you are like me and do not enjoy true horror, but want to read something that will get your heart racing just a bit, Beloved is an excellent book to pick up this October!
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.