fiction classics historical literary magical realism dark emotional sad slow-paced

352 pages | first published 1987

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Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding New York Times bestseller transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eigh...
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Summary of 20875 reviews

Moods

dark 87%
emotional 76%
sad 70%
challenging 62%
reflective 51%
tense 38%
mysterious 35%
informative 7%
hopeful 5%
inspiring 4%
adventurous 1%

Pace

slow 56%
medium 39%
fast 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 64% | A mix: 31% | Plot: 3%

Strong character development?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 3%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 61% | Yes: 26% | No: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 7% | No: 7% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 3% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

4.03

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