WHY I READ THIS: I have had Beloved on my tbr too long. I bookmooched it a year ago. Ever since, it has been one of those books that I have read the first couple of pages a million times. Something newer and flashier and louder somehow seemed to trump the baby ghost of 124 Bluestone Road.
They were not holding hands, but their shadows were. – p.56
I found it amazing. The style is unique; a layered approach both in character telling and in time tracing, we go back and forth like peeling garlic. Smash ‘em, peel away the flimsy but oily sticky layers and try to get to the firm truth. The question is often asked: WHERE is this going and do I really want to go there?
The main characters live in a house on the outskirts of Cincinnati Ohio a few years after the Civil War. Our protagonist is an escaped slave but she really can’t ever feel free. Honest and heart-breaking, good and evil everywhere, shaky & wild evolves into some of the most poetic and brutal and tender passages I’ve ever read.
Daily life took as much as she had. The future was sunset; the past something to leave behind. And if it didn’t stay behind, well, you might have to stomp it out. Slave life; freed life – every day was a test and a trial. Nothing could be counted on in a world where even when you were a solution you were a problem.
“Shall we pray?” asked the women.
“Uh huh,” said Ella. “First. Then we got to get down to business.” – p.302
RATING: Five slices of Blackberry Pie – made with the sweat and tears Stamp Paid paid to gather the sweetest best blackberries ever that started the big party that was ever so resented; the last time ‘Baby Suggs, holy’, was still herself before losing the faith and only wanting a little bit of color.
If you haven’t read this, why not? And if you didn’t like it, why not? Just curious.