|Nomadic SA Chick||
Page Count: 324
Fiction Genre: Historical, Classic, American-Lit., African-American
Dates Read: October 12-16, 2015
Beloved. That's all that is inscribed on a young child's tombstone; the only name that baby received. Now the child haunts the home where it died, where its mother and living sister still reside. Beloved's mother, Sethe, an escaped slave nearly 20 years, still feels chained to her memories of her old life and home, and to her present situation.
This was a decent book, but I wish I would have started with a different book by Morrison. Her writing style took me a while to get used to, and by the time I did I wasn't really enjoying the story of Beloved. I know this can be a great story, I just wish I felt better about it. At times, especially starting out, I struggled to keep up with the time flips and dialogues. I fell in love with Sethe though (my heart ached for her) and also with Denver, her living daughter, and her struggle to be and feel like a normal teenager. Paul D though, he frustrated me, and made me feel on edge for the women in the house. Having this much emotion about fictional characters tells me that Morrison did a outstanding creating her characters. They weren't just characters; they were real souls with heart-felt stories to share.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 7
Pace - 3
Plot Development - 3
Characters - 8
Enjoyability - 5
Insightfulness - 2
Ease of Reading - 5
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 3 out of 5 stars