Playlist for a classic novel : Beloved (8 songs for Toni Morrison's masterpiece) by Emily Temple
This article has been published on the Literary Hub website. It begins:
I’ll never forget reading Beloved for the first time. I was in high school. I was already a reader; I had grown up in a house full of books, was devoted to Sylvia Plath and Robert Heinlein. But still I was surprised when I began to read. This novel was a new kind of literature, something I had never seen before: so raw and lyrical, so brutal and so beautiful, a harrowing ghost story over-packed with the most gruesome reality. I read it twice in a row, but once I got to class, found I could say nothing; I was too held in awe.