Beloved by Toni Morrison

So, I read this book awhile ago, and I’ve been trying to thing of a way to describe this book without giving too much away and recommend it without scarring some readers away.

I’m sure many people who come across this blog have read this book, if so great, you can add to the conversation, if not, still great, you’ll learn about an unconventional book to say the least.

First off, I’m the first to say, I love those books where you don’t need to do much thinking. That is that, there is no underlining story. Those pure entertainment literature. Full disclosure, this book is not like that.

This book, if you know anything about it, you know it is about slavery. The people, the after-effects, the experiences, all in relation to slavery in the United States. Everything in this book is purposeful. And ambiguous. For readers to come to their own opinions and ideas about the underline story of Beloved and the characters.

My out-of-depth synopsis of the book is: Sethe was a slave on Sweet Home. While working on the plantation for Mr. and Mrs. Gardner, Sethe meets Halle, who she winds up marrying. They have 4 children together. During their time on Sweet Home, Mr. Gardner unfortunately dies and Mrs. Gardner falls ill, so Mr. Gardner’s brother arrives to manage the plantation, schoolteacher. Schoolteacher is more of a disciplinary manager on the plantation. So much so, all of the slave’s on the plantation decide to escape. A plan was created, however, due to extenuating circumstances as of Sethe’s pregnancy and violence occurring to the other slaves. The plan doesn’t occur. Sethe creates her own plan, sending her own children before her on the underground railroad to their grandmother’s house in Free States. Then Sethe leaves, while pregnant, she was supposed to leave with Halle, but to find out what happened there you need to read the book. Sethe makes it, while in her third trimester to  her mother-in-law’s house. But a short while after, schoolteacher comes with the sheriff to collect her. Which is where the big problems begin. You’ll have to read the book to get everything else I left out. Though you might think I’ve told you a lot, I really haven’t.

If anything I’ve told you sounds appealing, read the book. If you like deciphering symbols, read the book. If you can accept things unexplainable, read the book. If you can’t, read the book.

It’s a book, everyone should experience.

One Comment

  1. viv606

    I read this book a while ago and found it to be brilliant and compelling but shockingly disturbing too. Morrison really knows how to bring out the shock factor with complex characters !


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