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beloved…

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belovedI read two books by Toni Morrison in a row.  This was a good book, but I did not like it as much as I liked The Bluest Eye.  This was such a sad and disturbing book.  It was a horrible time in history and all of the characters were so very, very damaged.  It was hard to read, but Beloved is definitely worth reading.

Goodreads describes the book:

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 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. Her 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 by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison.

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the bluest eye…

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bluest eyeThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison was such a sad book.  It was about an abused little girl that was hurt by her family and disliked by her classmates.  She was sure that if she had blue eyes that everything would be better.  It was a good book, but so depressing to read.  That said, I would still recommend reading the book.

Goodreads describes the book:

The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom. Pecola’s life does change- in painful, devastating ways.  What its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child’s yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Tony Morrisons’s most powerful, unforgettable novels- and a significant work of American fiction.

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