A NovelBook - 2004
Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen 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. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.
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Sometimes life is so horrific that the trauma can only be portrayed through the surreal. Even after years of freedom, the specter of slavery haunts Sethe emotionally and through her beloved daughter's ghost.
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“She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.”
Outside, snow solidified itself into graceful forms. The peace of winter stars seemed permanent.
Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.
Me and you, we got more yesterday than anybody. We need some kind of tomorrow.
"124 was spiteful."
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