Beloved by Toni Morrison


By Toni Morrison

  • Release Date: 1987-08-12
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 173 Ratings
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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, its protagonist, 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. And Sethe’s 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.


  • Beloved

    By Judge Choa Vang
    Best book l have every read. I use it as a standard, no other book has been able to surpass. I realized, early on, when I was reading it, that it was my responsibility to pay attention and 'listen' to the story as I read it. I had thought that I understood what slavery was, but, the book 'Beloved' taught me the true horror of slavery. I was even more horrified when I found out that it was based on a true case and not all that uncommon occurrence (I am referring to women killing their children to save them from the horror of slavery). I am no longer so smug about what I 'think' I know. It made me feel very humble.
  • Should have read it sooner.

    By Sassaphrassy
    An unforgettable story.
  • Beloved

    By BlazeDragon80
    I read this book for my English class during the summer for my freshman year and I have to say, it was quite a long read for an average? person, I guess. It took me two months to read this with 30 minutes a day and an extra 15 for note taking. The book was fine but not that great. I didn't understand some parts of the chapters, but fine nonetheless.
  • Simply moving

    By Amir dynp
    I was moved by this work of art so much so that I chose to do thesis in my master degree majoring English. "A Must Read Mater Piece" by the author! You will know how the style of writing can be well blended with its subject matter.
  • Insanely impressed

    By jfawurgaek.r
    Blown away. While takes on slavery have become redundant, the modern style in which this is written lends itself to suspense and thought. The book itself can be interpreted in so many different ways.
  • Disappointed

    By Racniccha
    As this is a widely-acclaimed novel, considered to be one of the greats, I primarily blame myself for feeling this book was monotonous and a chore to get through.
  • No Words (Really!)

    By ArgentumGentlewoman
    Although I have not read the copy sold by the iBookstore, I have read a physical, in-real-life copy of this book and felt the need to write a review. To put it bluntly, I would never bother with this if I did not think the book was spectacular and I did not feel a sort of bookish evangelical zeal to promote it to other readers. I'm sure other avid readers will know exactly what I mean here :) This book is so many things. It is abstract in some places, and down-to-earth in others, but poetic throughout. It leaps from character to character, and makes all of them deep and painful and gorgeous and flawed. It is about the irony of how the beautiful things we treasure hurt us when we lose them, causing us to thicken our skin and turn our eyes away in defense. It is about growing up, growing angry, growing wise, about life and death and the stuff in between. It's about how the past sinks its claws into you and pulls you away from what you need in the present. It is a ghost story, but so subtle that it is only terrifying in retrospect. And this is only my take on the book. I have no doubt you, another reader,will see things differently, or find things I did not pick up on. I'm begging you to read this. It is such a good book that I'm terrified that I will be the only person to love it, and I wish I could share it with everyone I know, and total strangers I meet on the street too! Please read and see for yourself, and thank you for the time you must have took to read my rambling review.
  • Loved it !

    By Ambitous Jazz
    I loooovvveeee this movie and book must read!!
  • OMG

    By tmking50
    so I'm a 10th grader attending holy names high, and all I have to say is that this bookis a must read.... fabulous
  • Read In English

    By YBrammer
    We just turned a paper in today about this book in English today. Search for the book & it wasn't here. Well, day I don't need it, the iBookstore gets it.. Very well written and a much different way, yet just as affective, to comment on slavery.. Must read