Friday, November 18, 2016
BELOVED - Toni Morrison
It has been a long time since the first chapter of a book got me like the one in this novel. There was that much crammed into it, it can stand alone as a short story. From here I was hooked.
Set just after the end of the American Civil War, Sethe a former slave is living in the north with her daughter. Two boys have run off and another "Beloved " is dead.
The story contains supernatural elements coupled with strong women and men bearing the mental and physical scars of slavery. It is a fantastic feat of writing, the imagination involved is indescribable. It is easy to see why its on great novel lists and why Morrison has been awarded a Nobel prize for her body of work.
I can't say I enjoyed reading this, I was left feeling unsettled with what occurred but its a great book.