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Watching the Great American Read: Beloved based on the book by Toni Morrison #SaturdayMatinee

Beloved by Toni Morrison

‘‘To get to a place where you could love anything you chose, not to need permission for desire, well now, that was freedom.’’ Beloved, Toni Morrison

Beloved, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book from the Nobel Prize-winning Toni Morrison is also one of the Top 100 novels included in PBS’s Great American Reads. A complex and shocking horror story, Beloved confronts the dehumanization of slavery as well as the desperation of one woman’s version of mother-love. Could a mother commit such an atrocity? Could a mother not? 

About the book 

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past. 
Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Meanwhile Sethe’s house has long been troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. 
Sethe works at beating back the past, but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly in her memory and in the lives of those around her. When a mysterious teenage girl arrives, calling herself Beloved, Sethe’s terrible secret explodes into the present. 
Combining the visionary power of legend with the unassailable truth of history, Morrison’s unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature.

Oprah Winfrey as Sethe with Thandie Newton (right) as Beloved and Kimberley Elise as Denver

The novel was adapted for the screen in 1998 by Jonathan Demme with Oprah Winfrey starring as Sethe with Danny Glover as Paul D., the man she loves. Beautiful Thandie Newton (Westworld) is the seductive Beloved. Kimberly Elise is the jealous Denver with Beah Richards as Baby Suggs. Richards was nominated in 1968 for Best Supporting Actress as Sidney Poitier’s mother in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. You can stream Beloved for about three bucks on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play and Vudu. Double check Netflix because you never know.

“She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man.
The pieces I am, she gather them and
give them back to me in all the right order.”

Danny Glover as Paul D. with Oprah Winfrey and Kimberley Elise

Rather than ‘review’ Beloved (I mean seriously? The book won the Pulitzer Prize, what more review do you need?) I found John Green’s Crash Course on the novel immensely interesting and enlightening.

Scroll down for the trailer. 

Thoughts? I’m all ears.