Have read this a few times- sometimes I whet it, sometimes I don‘t
Went to the National Portrait Gallery earlier today. Avoided most of the bombastic stuff and stuck to the contemporary exhibit. And there was this, the great Morisson in all her magnificent glory. Damn!
This book is a lot of things... harrowing, painful tales of slavery and the horrible things humans have done to each other, the stories of mothers and families, a ghost story... Toni Morrison‘s writing is amazing and beautifully descriptive, but the wandering plot and some of the more poetic passages lost me. Also, I have a like/dislike relationship with her audio narration—love to hear her read, but parts are uneven.
It‘s our last challenge of day one, and it‘s one of our favs. We‘re highlighting one of our favorite grassroots organizations, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, which “advocates essential changes in the publishing industry.” For this challenge, we want to see and hear about diverse books that you love, and the ways you work to diversify your bookshelves.📚 Head to 24in48.com to enter, check past challenge and check-in posts to see if we drew your name! #24in48
I don‘t know how I missed adding this on here! We read it for class (it was a re-read, for me) and I probably just got overloaded with preparing for finals. Anyway, Morrison is one of my favorite authors. She tells you a story, but it is not a story. It is the truth. She doesn‘t flinch from the truth and she doesn‘t care about your feelings. The only way to truly move forward is to clear away the ghosts of the past. 150/1,001 #1001Books
Wow. This 1988 Pulitzer Prize winning novel is *amazing*: It‘s lit-fic, American fic, African-American lit, a ghost story, a horror story, lyrical prose, and a story about truths wrapped up in magical realism. “Beloved” is the name on the headstone of a girl... And yeah, that‘s all I‘m going to tell you!
🎧 The audio is showing its age with a cloudy background and odd edits (where tags were removed?) but T.M.‘s performance was mesmerizing
Day seven of #bannedbooksweek I‘m showing off BELOVED. Definitely a very hard book to read. I can understand why this book would be challenged but it‘s definitely a book people should have the option of reading. This book has been challenged pretty much every year since it‘s been published. Reasons are “includes scenes of violent sex, including gang rape, and too graphic and extreme for teenagers.”•
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I read my first Toni Morrison book, #THEBLUESTEYE, in 2016. I‘m kind of ashamed to say that I‘ve never read #BELOVED. But no time like the present.
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2. Animal Farm #reread
3. Kite Runner
4. Against banning books. Think they provide opportunity for understanding others and yourself.
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🎧 I‘m listening to the haunting, mesmerizing prose of Toni Morrison who is hypnotizing me with her cadence and the intensity of the story about a black slave who has escaped to Ohio but whose past keeps reaching out to her. Graphic? Yes, but also beautiful, poetic, and that which speaks to brutal truths.
The gorgeous poetry of Morrison‘s writing makes the degradations experienced by the slaves at Sweet Home even more horrifying. Sethe is haunted, literally, by the ghost of her dead daughter.
The story circles in on itself as Sethe gradually comes to terms with the circumstances of Beloved‘s death. Because of the novel‘s structure, the plot is sometimes hard to follow, but the writing is so beautiful that I didn‘t mind getting lost in it.
I don't know how to feel as I read this book for #GARBingo. I bailed on the #audiobook several months ago, because I didn't have a clue what was happening after a couple chapters. The physical book is easier to follow, but man...I struggle with the jumps in time and perspective; and the poetic language is killing me. I think I would enjoy the story if not told in such an abstract(?) fashion. I want to finish, but this one is a struggle.
A disturbing study of a woman who escapes slavery only to destroy her life when she believes her children will be taken from her and enslaved. This is a very sad, disturbing, and mysterious novel. Not always easy to read—both for the content and sometimes for her writing style. Her often chaotic prose reflects the atmosphere of 124, the house where the possible haunting takes place.
BRUTAL. I dreaded picking this up, because of the raw, yet poetic, emotional and horrific scenes. The guilt and grief of Sethe I felt myself. The unimaginable choice and the consequences she lived with are just too much for me. I am glad (or maybe not..??) I waited to read this until I have my own children to better understand some of the emotions this book smacked me with. 👇🏻(cont. below) #garbingo #pbs #greatamericanread
#BookNDinner! After I had a 12-hour workday today, @BookBabe & I had dinner at a new place. It was goooood. Accompaniment this hot and humid night was: New England clam chowder (fresh clams!), house salad with Ranch dressing, a half-rack of amazing baby-back ribs, killer bbq beef brisket, steak fries, and iced tea. (This was the first place I've found Stella Artois on draft, but I was driving, lol.) MMmmm 😋. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻
#BookNBrunch! We used to post brunches at this place waaay back when we first started on Litsy. Nice to return to a great old spot. Accompaniment this noon-hour was: a bacon-mushroom-Swiss omelette, pancakes, roasted potatoes, an English muffin, and orange juice. MMMmmm 😜. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻
Day 1 of books that changed me challenge. Thanks for the tag @WhatThePuck
I know, I know....not supposed to give context but this book...it shook my soul.
Toni Morrison's Beloved is one of the great and enduring works of American literature. Story of Sethe who was born a slave and escaped into Ohio, 18 years later she is still not free. She is held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many things happened. Her baby who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a singe word: 'Beloved' still haunts her. Full of pain and hard book to read but not to be missed.
Holy wow, you guys! This was my first Toni Morrison book, but it won‘t be my last. What other books by her have blown you away?
I have so many reading challenges going on right now I may as well participate in one that helps me actually do them. Basically Litsy picks what you read for August. Head to @TheReadingMermaid for all the information #MakeMeReadIt
Once he plotted down to the minute a thirty-mile trip to see a woman. He left on a Saturday when the moon was in the place he wanted it to be, arrived at her cabin before church on Sunday and had just enough time to say good morning before he had to start back again so he'd make the field call on time Monday morning. He had walked for seventeen hours, sat down for one, turned around and walked seventeen more.
Gee , really glad to see these again, happy I kept the good stuff.