Thursday, May 11, 2006

Beloved -Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years

New York Times

Early this year, the Book Review's editor, Sam Tanenhaus, sent out a short letter to a couple of hundred prominent writers, critics, editors and other literary sages, asking them to please identify "the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years." [Read A. O. Scott's essay. See a list of the judges.] Following are the results.
This feature will appear in the May 21 issue of the print edition of the Book Review.
In Search of the Best: An Essay by A. O. Scott
The Judges
Forum: Discuss the Choices

Toni Morrison
Review read more


At 8:35 PM, Blogger brownfemipower said...

ok, so you gotta back me up on this--kevin at slant truth thinks that sula is better than beloved--what do you think?? I think beloved is better by about a hundred thousand percent--which is not to say I don't like sula, just that beloved is much more complicated--a reflection of a community and a black woman within that community--as well as how womanhood, community and historical memory intersect with each other--not to mention that i think that the actual writing is more poetical and challenges boundries of literature much more than sula does. i think it is well worth the title as the best american fiction...kevin disagrees. haha, i won't tell you why either, i'm not gonna explain his poor choices :p
seriously, i think that out of toni morrison novels, it would be beloved, then the bluest eye, *then* sula. what's your opinion mi hermana?

At 8:44 PM, Blogger hysterical blackness said...

I used to really love Sula -- it was my favorite Morrison book. But of all of Morrison's work it's Beloved that I most appreciate now. I have learned so much from reading and teaching Beloved, put so many things together about slavery and post-slavery, about subjectivity, about freedom and love.


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