ClassicBeloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison


“All the parts of her that were precious and fine and beautiful, & carried, pushed, dragged them through the veil, out, away, over there where no one could hurt them. Over there. Outside this place, where they would be safe.”

It almost feels ridiculous to try & distill into an Instagram caption my thoughts on a book that has spawned innumerable articles, academic papers & is studied in schools & universities.

The Pulitzer Prize winning novel that is arguably the most famous of the books gifted to this world by the legend that is Nobel Prize winning Toni Morrison, Beloved is frequently included in best book ever/this century lists. It is a classic that transcends the parameters of literature & is unfortunately still so applicable and relevant today.

Chronicling the life of Sethe, a woman battling with the ghosts and trauma of her past having escaped her enslavement. Beloved touches on so many themes, from community, family and memory, to love, the power and limitations of language, and the impact of racism that makes humans into monsters.

It is a devastating, visceral read. Morrison changed societal discourse with these words, changed and widened the minds of millions with her prose, demanding readers work hard to get to grips with fragments of the past. At times you cannot understand why she writes the way she does, but persevere as there is a meaning to all.

When is a mothers love too much? When is violence and death salvation, an act of kindness or pure victimisation that manifests in the most horrific ways? Morrison holds a mirror to humanity and forces us to consider the darkest times of history, and it’s impact on characters that feel so real you want to weep for them, wishing that life had been different. 

My advice? Give yourself time with Beloved, luxuriate in a titan at the height of her literary prowess. Bring tissues & be prepared for your heart to break. Chaya

Ad:PR We were very kindly sent a set of special editions of Morrisons work by @vintagebooks (with no contractual obligation to review). These paperbacks are beautifully designed with new forwards & Beloved features a new introduction from @bernardineevaristo

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