Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey.
©1987 Toni Morrison; (P)1998 Random House, Inc.
"Toni Morrison is not just an important contemporary novelist but a major figure in our national literature." (New York Review of Books)
"A masterwork....Wonderful....I can't imagine American literature without it." (Los Angeles Times)
Beloved is a haunting yet poetic portrayal of a woman who was a runaway slave, and who attempted to kill her 4 children to save them from the same fate.
The story begins about 18 years after the tragedy. Slowly, Sethe's story of despair is revealed, and the ultimate sacrifice of love - that to kill one's child to keep him/her "safe" - is explained. Was it right? Was it wrong? This is the moral dilemna that is passed on to the reader to decide.
I did not give this a 5 star rating because there were some parts that I found too confusing to understand, specifically, when Beloved explained who she was.
I listened to this book narrrated by the author, Toni Morrison. My rating reflects the impact she had on reading the story. I found her phrasing too choppy. She would take a breath in the middle of a phrase, making it sound disjointed and like she was out of breath. There was little inflection in her voice to differentiate emotion or characters. It was difficult to determine who was speaking in a conversation. At times, the lack of inflection and emotion added to the bleakness, giving it a chilling perspective. If I read any of her other books, it will not be in an audiobook format.
I can understand that Ms. Morrison should read her book, as a historical document. Her enormous talent is writing, definitely not reading.
The book concerns a family of African Americans who grew up in slavery in the south and escaped to Cincinatti, Ohio where they lived, free in principle but still enslaved by their terrible past experiences.
As a book of that genre I suppose it was ok. It is hard to tell. The narrator, who is the author, has such an obnoxiously affected style of reading it was very hard to get past that and focus on the story. My advice is simple. If you want to read the book, read it, don't listen to this narration of it! I say this having listened to many books (probably close to 100 over the past 10 years) and I am absoultely addicted to listening to books. With few exceptions, the narrator has been transparent and the novel spoke for itself. This was a painfully notable exception.
Nothing disappointed me about Beloved..
It was Beautiful in every mysterious way. I think Beloved is her best work and the reading of it is magic...To listen to it in the evening with soft light is perfect.
Toni Morrison reads the story knowing it inside out.. from the deep.
Most readers are superficial story tellers ...
Tony Morrison is the breath of the story as she reads..
I might listen to more, but I have read other books by Toni Morrison I dont find them quite as magnificent
Yes, she is amazing.
AWE... just plain awe
I have always been in awe of this book .. at the story, her telling of it.
Her knowing from inside the story.Many book readers are annoying as they are reading and their characters are just different voices, never with the punch I would read the story and feel for myself.
Loved it and as I said.. I cant imagine anyone giving this reading less than 5 stars!I'm glad I got the chance to chime in.
perhaps the best book ever written. Toni Morrison's voice is stunning. This book and audio is a must!
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