Beloved by Toni Morrison (Mini Review)

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Format: Audiobook

Source: Libby

Publisher:Random House Audio Publishing

Genres: Magical Realism, Classic, Fiction

Narrator: Toni Morrison

Length: 11 Hours 50 Minutes

Publication Date: 5th December 2006

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past.

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Meanwhile Sethe’s house has long been troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Sethe works at beating back the past, but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly in her memory and in the lives of those around her. When a mysterious teenage girl arrives, calling herself Beloved, Sethe’s terrible secret explodes into the present.

Combining the visionary power of legend with the unassailable truth of history, Morrison’s unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature.”

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My Thoughts & Review

I’d heard great things about Toni Morrisons work so I thought it was finally time to give one of her books a try. I decided to go with Beloved, which I ended up downloading as an audiobook from the library.

Beloved is well written but when I started this book I felt like I had started listening to the book in the middle, everything felt disjointed, especially when parts of the book jumped to past and present. This wouldn’t be too much of a problem if it was done right. But the jumps happened mid chapters without any warning. My favourite part of the book were the descriptions, yes they were quite chilling and horrific in places but for me this is what made my carry.

There are a quite a lot of characters to follow but Toni has created characters that develop well and you feel like you’ve known them for a while. 

The Story behind Beloved was a powerful and heartbreaking and I can definitely see why so many people have loved reading this book. But, sadly for me something was missing. Don’t get me wrong it was good but it just didn’t blow me away. If you’re looking to pick up this book I highly recommend you try the audiobook. 

My Rating


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  1. I’m not sure this is the best place to start with Morrison and even she admit it’s not her favourite book. I read it as a teenager and as a result didn’t pick up another of her novels for a long time, I thought they were out of my range. How wrong was I. The next one I read was Love and loved it, then Sula, the same.
    I just finished reading A Mercy and it’s a mini masterpiece, once I figured out what the structure was and what she was doing, it’s one of those books you gave to flip back to the beginning and reread the first few pages, more than once, otherwise we don’t understand it as well. I’m in total awe and can see that reading her work linearly causes us to miss much of what her spiralling narrative(s) offers.

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