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release date: Dec 17, 2018
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Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby 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 Sethes new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word Beloved Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope Belovedis a towering achievement
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Toni Morrison gently reads her own Pulitzer Prize-winning work in the unabridged version of this riveting tale of ex-slave Sethe and the beloved ghost that haunts her. While Morrison makes occasional odd pauses in her reading, what is lost in smoothness is more than made up for in quiet intensity as the author reads words obviously deeply felt. Her intimate knowledge of the characters and their motivations lends this reading an authority that helps the listener sort out the breaks in time and dialogue in this complex story of a woman coming to terms with her enslaved past and the loss of her husband and baby daughter. (Running time: 12 hours, eight cassettes) --Kimberly Heinrichs
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