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 18 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.
"Perhaps best read on paper"
Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family's origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.
It is the story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment.
"Excellent but not an easy story."
Two girls who grow up to become women...two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret.
"Good against evil and a riotous story to boot"
Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child - the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment - weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape and misshape the life of the adult.
"You're a better human for listening"
In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe's wife, Violet, attacks the girl's corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.
"The audio is not the same as the book"
Jacob is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh north. Despite his distaste for dealing in "flesh," he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Catholic Maryland. This is Florens, "with the hands of a slave and the feet of a Portuguese lady." Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master's house, but later from a handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved.
"Oh, this book"
May, Christine, Heed, Junior, Vida, even L: all women obsessed by Bill Cosey. More than the wealthy owner of the famous Cosey Hotel and Resort, he shapes their yearnings for father, husband, lover, guardian, and friend, yearnings that dominate the lives of these women long after his death. Yet while he is both the void in, and the center of, their stories, he himself is driven by secret forces: a troubled past and a spellbinding woman named Celestial.
Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.
As the book begins deep in Oklahoma early one morning in 1976, nine men from Ruby (pop. 360), in defense of "the one all-black town worth the pain", assault the nearby Convent and the women in it. From the town's ancestral origins in 1890 to the fateful day of the assault, Paradise tells the story of a people ever mindful of the relationship between their spectacular history and a void "Out There...where random and organized evil erupted when and where it chose."
Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he's hated all his life. This is a deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood - and his home.
Jadine Childs is a black fashion model with a white patron, a white boyfriend, and a coat made out of ninety perfect sealskins. Son is a black fugitive who embodies everything she loathes and desires. As Morrison follows their affair, which plays out from the Caribbean to Manhattan and the deep South, she charts all the nuances of obligation and betrayal between blacks and whites, masters and servants, and men and women.
"So good that I'm writing my first Audible review!"
Through a season of untroubled ease, the lives of five people move with a ritualized grace until, one night, a ragged, starving black American street man breaks into their house. And, in a single moment, with the perverse decision not to call for help but instead to invite the man to sit with them and eat, everything changes.
Amérique 1950 : le "White only" s'applique partout : bus, hôtels, culture ; pour un soldat noir, voyager d'un Etat à l'autre est une odyssée. C'est dans un pays au bord de l'implosion que, de retour de la guerre de Corée, Frank Money, miné par de terribles crises d'angoisse et une incapacité totale à renouer avec les autres, reçoit un appel au secours de sa sœur gravement malade, lui demandant de venir à Atlanta.
Toni and Slade Morrison's New York Times best-selling series of fables is now available on audio and includes "The Ant or the Grasshopper?", "The Lion or the Mouse?", and "Poppy or the Snake?". Told with vibrant language and rich in rhythm, these empowering tales are now available in one fantastic audio package.
In this issue: "To Serve or Not to Serve" by Amy Davidson; "Aftermath": "A Democratic Opposition" by George Packer; "Health of the Nation" by Atul Gawande; "Bryant Park: A Memoir" by Hilary Mantel; "Four-Cornered Flyover" by Peter Hessler; "Mourning for Whiteness" by Toni Morrison; "The Dark-Money Cabinet" by Jane Mayer; "On Saying No" by Evan Osnos; "The Highest Court" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Donald Trump, Poet" by Mary Karr; "Wars Within" by Jill Lepore; "Dystopia" by Gary Shteyngart; "Radical Hope" by Junot Díaz; "Esmé in Neverland" by Jill Lepore; and "Predators" by Anthony Lane.
Elskede foregår i årene lige efter den amerikanske borgerkrig og tager udgangspunkt i en sand historie om en sort kvinde, der myrder sit spædbarn for at redde det fra et liv som slave. Romanens hovedperson er Sethe, en tidligere slave, som nu bor med sin datter Denver i et hus, der hjemsøges af hendes myrdede spædbarn. Alle karaktererne i Elskede er stærkt plagede af deres for-tid, og deres nutid er en bestandig kamp imod fortidens minder.
Dans son onzième roman, qui se déroule à l'époque actuelle, Toni Morrison décrit sans concession des personnages longtemps prisonniers de leurs souvenirs et de leurs traumatismes. Au centre du récit, une jeune femme qui se fait appeler Bride. La noirceur de sa peau lui confère une beauté hors norme. Au fil des ans et des rencontres, elle connaît doutes, succès et atermoiements.
Lula Ann ist solch ein tiefschwarzes Baby, dass ihre Mutter bei der Geburt fast zu Tode erschrickt und der Vater die junge Familie verlässt, weil er das Kind nicht als seines anerkennen kann. Die Mutter zieht Lula Ann allein groß und lehrt sie Gehorsam und Unterwürfigkeit, um nur nicht aufzufallen. Doch die heranwachsende Tochter sträubt sich gegen die verordnete Angepasstheit. Sie ändert ihren Namen in Bride, kleidet sich in provokant strahlendes Weiß, macht Karriere und befreit sich auf ihre Weise von der Vergangenheit.