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Published Sept. 18, 1987 by Alfred A. Knopf.

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Beloved is a 1987 novel by the American writer Toni Morrison. Set after the American Civil War, it tells the story of a family of former slaves whose Cincinnati home is haunted by a malevolent spirit. Beloved is inspired by a true life incident involving Margaret Garner, an escaped slave from Kentucky who fled to the free state of Ohio in 1856, but was captured in accordance with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. When U.S. Marshals burst into the cabin where Garner and her husband had barricaded themselves, they found that she had killed her two-year-old daughter and was attempting to kill her other children to spare them from being returned to slavery. Morrison had come across an account of Garner titled "A Visit to the Slave Mother who Killed Her Child" in an 1856 newspaper article published in the American Baptist, and reproduced in The Black Book; a …

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1 star

I had to read this book for an English class. As other reviewers have said, the switching back and forth between narrative and stream-of-consciousness is very awkward and annoying. (I also just happen to find stream-of-consciousness obnoxious, especially when used in books, but that's not fair.)

I was also very uninterested in the story. It simply didn't hold my attention.


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