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The Resource Beloved, a novel by Toni Morrison

Beloved, a novel by Toni Morrison

Label
Beloved
Title
Beloved
Statement of responsibility
a novel by Toni Morrison
Title variation
Beloved a novel
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest novel, a dazzling achievement, and the most spellbinding reading experience of the decade. A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story. At the center of Toni Morrison's fifth novel, which earned her the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War. Woven into this circular, mesmerizing narrative are the horrible truths of Sethe's past: the incredible cruelties she endured as a slave, and the hardships she suffered in her journey north to freedom. Just as Sethe finds the past too painful to remember, and the future just "a matter of keeping the past at bay," her story is almost too painful to read. Yet Morrison manages to imbue the wreckage of her characters' lives with compassion, humanity, and humor. Part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale, Beloved finds beauty in the unbearable, and lets us all see the enduring promise of hope that lies in anyones future
Awards note
  • Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 1988.
  • Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Race Relations, 1988.
  • Frederic G. Melcher Book Award, 1988.
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Morrison, Toni
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Interest level
High School
LC call number
PS3563.O8749
LC item number
B4 1987
Literary form
novels
Reading level
  • 7.3 :
  • 8.1
Series statement
Borzoi book
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Reading Counts RC
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African American women
  • African American mothers
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Women slaves
  • Infanticide
  • Haunted places
  • Ohio
  • Ghost stories
  • African Americans
Label
Beloved, a novel by Toni Morrison
Instantiates
Publication
Distribution
Note
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm15284982
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
275 pages
Isbn
9780452264465
Lccn
86046157
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)15284982
Label
Beloved, a novel by Toni Morrison
Publication
Distribution
Note
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm15284982
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
275 pages
Isbn
9780452264465
Lccn
86046157
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)15284982

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