Beloved By Toni Morrison - The Blurb

Terrible, unspeakable things happened to Sethe at Sweet Home, the farm where she lived as a slave for so many years until she escaped to Ohio. Her new life is full of hope but eighteen years later she is still not free. Sethe's new home is not only haunted by the memories of her past but also by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

My Thoughts 

This was a fairly difficult read and I felt a great sense of achievement once I had finished it. I studied American Studies at University and much of my Degree was heavily focused on Slavery and so I thought that this would be a really interesting read. Although it was Historical Fiction it was loosely based on true events whereby Morrison had researched similar trials as the ones written about in Beloved. 

As the main character was quite unstable and so the book was written in a format that reflected that, with chapters flitting between time and relationships. Although quite hard hitting, it was a very interesting read and for anyone wanting to learn more information about Slavery and the treatment of Slaves, it was very true to form and insightful.

I was given this book for my birthday and I am really excited to read it. It is the first in a trilogy and if it is as good as reviews say, I am sure that the next two books in the series will be on my Christmas wish list. I have seen the trailer for the film that has just come out and so I want to crack on and read the book before going to watch the film at the cinema.  

This is a really cool idea for a series of books and I can't wait to get stuck in. The premiss of the book series is too look at Disney stories from a different angle, what if something that was supposed to happen, didn't? In this book, it is the story of Aladin but if Jafar had found the lamp instead. As a huge Disney fan I think that these books are going to be really interesting and exciting to read. 

In York we have The Big City Read every year which is a series of events and talks with the design to encourage people to read more. As part of The Big City Read, there is always a free book for anyone in York to collect from any one of our libraries, that you can take home and keep. This year's book is a Historical Fiction novel set during World War One and so this sounds perfect for me and I'm really looking forward to reading it. 

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