Thursday, April 16, 2009

Book #11: Beloved

Beloved Beloved by Toni Morrison

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really wanted to love this book, but I can't say I got there.

It wasn't what the book was lacking, I believe, that kept me from loving this book but what I was lacking. This is a kind of book so rich with symbolism, metaphor and allegory that it requires several minds (or at least one more adept than mine) to permeate its layers. It's the kind of book that should be read with a literature teacher close at hand — or at the VERY least a friend who will bounce around crazy ideas about double meanings.

This is my second Toni Morrison novel. I read my first, Song of Solomon, in my AP English class at Washburn Rural. I needed that kind of dialogue to really enjoy this book. The minute I finished the book I started frantically searching for any articles I could find on the book's symbolism and the connotations of Morrison's word choice. But perhaps I'm just a little over analytical and can't enjoy a book for what it is on its surface — a good story.

I did however enjoy reading the book, and once my mind got used to Morrison's cadence I enjoyed the way the prose strung from image to image.

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1 comment:

Cornelius said...

I agree. When I read Beloved I was kind of like, "Cool," but I was also like, "What?" And then towards the end I was kind of like, "Um..." But, after I finished it, I was like, "Seriously."