*BONUS* April Meetup: "Beloved" by Toni Morrison

  • April 7, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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"Beloved" by Toni Morrison was recently challenged here in Fairfax County (check out our discussion board to find the article detailing the recent challenge).  Given how recent this challenge is and also that it was right here in our area I'm scheduling it as a bonus book discussion.

Toni Morrison is considered one of America's finest novelist and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for "Beloved". She also won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993. Some of her other notable works are "The Bluest Eye" & "Song of Solomon". Please join us for a discussion of this complex and provocative novel!

According to the ALA: Morrison's novel was "pulled from the senior Advanced Placement (AP) English class at Eastern High School in Louisville, KY (2007) because two parents complained that the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about antebellum slavery depicted the inappropriate topics of bestiality, racism, and sex. The principal ordered teachers to start over with The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne in preparation for upcoming AP exams."

According to Marshall University: This novel was "challenged but retained as a text in Salem (MI) High School Advanced Placement English courses. The complainants cited the allegedly obscene nature of some passages in the book and asked that it be removed from the curriculum. District officials determined the novel was appropriate for the age and maturity level of Advanced Placement students. In reviewing the novel, the committee also considered the accuracy of the material, the objectivity of the material and the necessity of using the material in light of the curriculum."

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  • Susan

    Thoughtful discussion that helped me decide a key point in the book...is she real or memorex? Enjoyed the group as always!

    April 8, 2013

  • Danielle S.

    This Meetup was fantastic! I really enjoyed discussing this book with everyone. Beloved is such a powerful piece of literature and it was nice to hear how everyone interpreted characters and plot points.

    April 8, 2013

  • Denise

    Loved this meet up! I read this book for the first time in high school and it was definitely worth a thoughtful revisit with this group. As usual, great conversation and great company!

    April 8, 2013

  • Lorenzo

    What a powerful story! It's important that people learn about these disturbing problems that faced or currently face our society. I especially enjoyed the discussion this time given that the book was recently challenged in Fairfax County Public Schools. I look forward to reading "The Bluest Eye" by this phenomenal author.

    April 8, 2013

  • Chip Mullins J.

    My regrets, two nights of heavy wine drinking and little sleep have left me feeling a little under the weather.

    1 · April 7, 2013

    • Lorenzo

      So I "liked" this comment but I want to specify that I like the two nights of wine drinking and do NOT like the part about feeling under the weather. Hope you've recuperated!

      April 8, 2013

  • Melissa L.

    I very interesting and informative discussion. I really enjoyed our meeting.

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Steve A

    One of the most powerful books I've ever read and great discussion.

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Susan

    Will be a few minutes late, but on my way!

    April 7, 2013

    • Lorenzo

      See you soon! :-)

      April 7, 2013

  • Stephanie S.

    Hate to miss it, but started new position and haven't had the time to read.

    April 3, 2013

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