Next Up: Beloved
Hello Toni Morrison.
Beloved is another powerful book on the list that deals with racism, discrimination, and slavery. Elements of some, or all three, have appeared in Gone With The Wind, To Kill A Mockingbird, Go Tell It On The Mountain, and The Sound and the Fury, just to name a few.
I haven’t read any of Toni Morrison’s books. And, to be honest, I’m pretty much going into this book “cold,” without much knowledge of what to expect. Thankfully, I haven’t seen the movie either, so I won’t have to picture Oprah as the main character.
Some quick facts about Beloved and Toni Morrison:
- Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.
- In 1998, the book was turned into a feature film starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.
- A 2006 New York Times survey of writers and book critics named the book the best work of American fiction in the last 25 years.
- Morrison is the last American to have won a Nobel Prize in Literature (1993).
- Morrison is heavily involved in politics and sparked a controversy in 1998 when she said Bill Clinton was facing impeachment because of his “blackness.”
- She’s written a crapload of novels, including The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, a crapload of nonfiction, and won a crapload of awards.
I know a lot of you have read this book, because it received a lot of votes when I asked you to vote on the next 5.
So fill me in. What should I expect from Beloved?