We continue to mourn the loss of one of history's greatest literary fitgures, Toni Morrison and as we struggle to grapple with accepting her absence and how best to celebrate her incalcuable contributions to the literary canon, we will also continue to gather around her work. Please join us this October for a discussion of her celebrated, 1987 novel Beloved.
Considered by some to be the late Toni Morrison's greatest novel, Morrison here stares unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, transforming history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, Sethe, its protagonist, 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. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.
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Finished the book early, consider reading the other two novels about love and African-American history, comprising of 'the Beloved trilogy, which Morrison intended to be read together, explaining, "The conceptual connection is the search for the beloved – the part of the self that is you, and loves you, and is always there for you." Reserve your copies of Jazz and Paradise respectively and stay tuned for the next title in the BKLYN Discussions series.
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