Sunday, February 11, 2007

Beloved by Toni Morrison.


Author: Toni Morrison
ISBN: 0-099-27393-4
Genre: Fiction.

Publisher:Vintage

"In the troubled years following the Civil War, the spirit of a murdered child haunts the Ohio home of a former slave. This angry, destructive ghost breaks mirrors, leaves its fingerprints in cake icing, and generally makes life difficult for Sethe and her family; nevertheless, the woman finds the haunting oddly comforting for the spirit is that of her own dead baby, never named, thought of only as Beloved."

I wanted this book after hearing it was one of the top charted books in America. I read the description of the book and it sounded good. I thought I would be getting a bump in the night ghost novel. But this isn't what this book is.

It's a novel about Slavery and what Black people faced and what they went through. The book is about Sethe a woman who murdered her own baby (Beloved) and how she comes back to haunt her. When Paul D (Sethe's friend & partner) comes to stay he frightens the ghost of Beloved away, until one day beloved turns up in the flesh.

This Book was an enjoyable read, at times I did struggle with it a little, but there was always something there that made me want to pick the book up again. I found myself moving fast through it at times and slower at others. I felt that this book wasn't so much about a ghost, but more about love, emotions, feelings and family and the struggle with life.

My Verdict: Enjoyable Read. I would read it again.


1 comment:

Nymeth said...

It's interesting to see someone else's take on the book. I can see how one would have to struggle with it at times.

I definitely agree that the ghost story aspect of it was more of a vehicle to unleash all those emotions than anything else.