Beloved by Toni Morrison (Free Download), Discover Toni Morrison’s most iconic work in this Pulitzer-prize winning novel that exemplifies her powerful and important place in contemporary American literature.
It is the mid-1800s and as slavery looks to be coming to an end, Sethe is haunted by the violent trauma it wrought on her former enslaved life at Sweet Home, Kentucky. Her dead baby daughter, whose tombstone bears the single word, Beloved, returns as a spectre to punish her mother, but also to elicit her love. Told with heart-stopping clarity, melding horror and beauty, Beloved is Toni Morrison’s enduring masterpiece.
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.
“[Beloved] has left the realm of fiction and become a force of nature” * Guardian * “A magnificent achievement…an American masterpiece” — A.S. Byatt * Guardian * “A triumph” — Margaret Atwood * New York Times Book Review * “She melds horror and beauty in a story that will disturb the mind forever” * Sunday Times * “Toni Morrison is not just an important contemporary novelist but a major figure in our national literature” * New York Review of Books * “A work of genuine force. . .Beautifully written” * Washington Post * “There is something great in Beloved: a play of human voices, consciously exalted, perversely stressed, yet holding true. It gets you” * The New Yorker * “Superb. . .A profound and shattering story that carries the weight of history. . .Exquisitely told” * Cosmopolitan * “This is a wonderful novel about slavery, freedom, parental loss and revenants” * The Week, Thomas Keneally.
Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She is the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Sula, Beloved, Paradise and Love. She has also received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honour, in 2012 by Barack Obama.