Top critical review
Good story, albeit confusing.
Reviewed in India on 14 January 2016
Beloved is the story of Sethe, recounted through reminiscences, chiefly interspersed over her life in Sweet Home and 124, Bluestone Road.
Working in Sweet Home as a slave, she starts a family with Halle; her dreams are but a fleeting flicker of hope. Abysmally abused by her new owners, she succeeds in escaping her gnarled life and arrives at 124 with her new-born daughter Denver whom she delivers through her getaway. A dismal turn of events and she murders her eldest daughter gripped by a looming premonition. She engraves the headstone of her daughter with a single word- "Beloved". She is thereafter taken to prison.
These events set into tune the story where the inhabitants of 124 have started to dwindle due to the malignity of the spirit of Sethe's dead daughter. Her two boys- Howard and Buglar run away, her mother in law- always a charismatic presence dies. She is left in that infernal house with Denver until the arrival of Paul D and a mysterious girl who calls herself Beloved.
Sethe considers Beloved her resurrected daughter and gradually edges to the quagmire of insanity. However she is finally pulled out of those depths by people who love her.
The only confusing thing is Beloved. That's why we call this genre magical realism.