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New York : Plume, 1988.
Physical Desc
275 pages ; 21 cm.
0452261368, 9780452261365, 0452264464, 9780452264465, 0452280621, 9780452280625
Accelerated Reader
Level 6, 15 Points
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After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest novel, a dazzling achievement, and the most spellbinding reading experience of the decade. A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story ... read it and tremble. At the center of Toni Morrison's fifth novel, which earned her the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War. Woven into this circular, mesmerizing narrative are the horrible truths of Sethe's past: the incredible cruelties she endured as a slave, and the hardships she suffered in her journey north to freedom. Just as Sethe finds the past too painful to remember, and the future just "a matter of keeping the past at bay," her story is almost too painful to read. Yet Morrison manages to imbue the wreckage of her characters' lives with compassion, humanity, and humor. Part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale, Beloved finds beauty in the unbearable, and lets us all see the enduring promise of hope that lies in anyones future.
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Study Program Information
Accelerated Reader AR,UG,6.0,15.0,8652.
Study Program Information
Reading Counts RC,High School,8.1,19,Quiz: 01067,Guided reading level: NR.
Study Program Information
Accelerated Reader AR,UG,6,15,8652.
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1988

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Morrison, T. (1988). Beloved . Plume.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Morrison, Toni. 1988. Beloved. New York: Plume.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Morrison, Toni. Beloved New York: Plume, 1988.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Morrison, Toni. Beloved Plume, 1988.

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