18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The decision to read this book is possibly up there with my decision to attend university.
I have never before read a book that is so uniquely written. Morrison brilliantly chose a circular narrative to distract the reader from a linear progression through time. The three part structure is representative of an exorcism of the crimes of the past. The develoving relationship between Sehte and Paul D, a question of whether 'the people' can come together and heal as one.
Denver, the future.
Beloved, the past.
This book not only scratches but disects the issue of slavery in the 'deep South.' It battles with the massive themes of time and identity.
Toni Morrison… Read more
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The deeply disturbing thing about this book is not the brutal murder at its core but my reaction to those who started out as victims and finished up as anything but, and the "bully" who was in effect reduced to less than dirt.
In particular, what I found so disturbing was the way that Shultz was able to get me as a reader to see that there is a grey area in murders - it isn't a question of did they kill, for that goes without saying. But if they did, are they guilty of murder? Are they responsible for they're actions? Isn't the murder a predictable response to the years of abuse that they had suffered? There is a constant and uncomfortable presence of this idea of a thin line between… Read more