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  • Just Go Read It

    Toni Morrison takes on the enormous and difficult task of giving a potentially fictionlised account of what could have happened regarding <a href="http://www.blackpast.org/aah/margaret-garner-incident-1856" target="_blank">the Margret Garner case</a>. Toni Morrison manages to convey a balanced point of view of the situation. Sethe is humanised and her choices are made understandable. Sethe is characterised as a maternal woman who loves her family, so that even when the reader is made aware of the fact that Sethe murdered her own daughter, the reader is capable to seeing it for what it would otherwise be depicted, not a monstrous act of mindless violence and rage, but a desperate act born of limited choices. But Toni Morrison also depicts the judgement and morality of the situation by the character representation of the women from the town and Paul D, however, in the end the women from the town and Paul D are willing to put their personal feelings aside and offer Sethe the help she needs. I don't think anyone but Toni Morrison could write this book, she's just such a phenomenal writer who understands her characters so well. I would describe Toni Morrison's writing style as poetical but at times obscure, it would often take me a few re-reads of a page and sometimes a whole chapter before I fully understood what the chapter was trying to convey. The chapters narrated by Beloved and Paul D were, for me, the hardest to understand, but given what they represented as symbols of slavery and racism, this was understandable. In conclusion, I hold a special place for this book in my bookshelf, it's an intensive read but it is worthy of the effort, Toni Morrison is an amazing writer and this is an amazing book, just please go read it.

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  • Beloved

    A wonderful book, probably one of the best pieces of writing ever written. Yes, I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates good literature.

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  • a gripping story

    What a great story that kept me enthralled right to the end. i loved it.

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  • Beloved is an essential part of a human education

    I first read and studied this incredible book at Warwick University in England in 1992. Now I'm studying it again at the University of Tasmania thirty years later. Divorced and separated, I have a better understanding of the trauma, depression, isolation and abuse inflicted. Of the need for so many to still justify dehumanising treatment in order to treat people as a commodity, to manipulate and exploit to benefit their own interests. I have no personal experience of slavery, but Toni Morrison has such a gift with her writing that I cannot help but want to prevent such appalling abuse and suffering from ever happening again. Yet I now live in Australia and see no end to the intergenerational trauma of its indigenous peoples. A line that resonates about how too many people are corrupted by absolute power over other human beings is, White people don't know when to stop. Let us hope the world never allows the atrocity of slavery to rear its ugly head ever again. And that we address total control and power and it's inequalities over others in all marginalised groups. Our compassion in learning lessons from the past should lead us to transform disempowerment into empowerment.

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