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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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    a gripping story

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

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