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This guide is intended to enhance your group's reading of Toni Morrison's Paradise, the powerful and extraordinary new novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author of Song of Solomon and Beloved. It is the 1970s, and the tiny, self-sufficient all-black town of Ruby, Oklahoma, has reached a crisis of conviction. Tracing its origins to the efforts of a strong and spiritual community of ex-slaves, Ruby prides itself on its uncompromising independence from the larger world. But the vicissitudes of the Sixties, from the Civil Rights movement to the Vietnam War, the counterculture to the generational conflict, inexorably touch Ruby and disturb its self-imposed isolation. In the scrubland outside of Ruby is an old Convent in which five women live, each seeking refuge and deliverance from a grim past. As the townspeople begin to lose their own convictions and succumb to the uncertainties of the times, they come to identify these unknown women with evil, and to use the Convent as a scapegoat for the anger and conflict that have overtaken their town. Tensions between the two communities rise, culminating inevitably in an act of violence; yet Paradise, finally, is a story of redemption, of forgiveness, and of renewal. In the intensity of its portrayal of human complexity and motivations, in the sweep of its historical scope, in the beauty of its language and in the generosity of its vision, Paradise is a boundless treasure of a book, a masterpiece.
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Gigi was gobbling, piling more food onto her plate even while she scooped from
it, when the woman entered without her straw hat or her glasses and lay down on
the stone-cold floor. Her mouth was full of baked beans and chocolate cake so ...
"Well that z's better." The woman got up. "I suppose. Thank you— for staying." "
Sure. Hangover's a bitch. I'm Gigi. Who died?" "A love," said the woman. "I had
two; she was the first and the last." "Aw, I'm sorry," Gigi said. "Where's he taking
Gigi, spruced up and quiet, with only a lopsided lip to mar her makeup, was
fooling with her wide-band radio, trying to find the one station that played what
she wanted to hear— not the agricultural news; country music or Bible stuff.
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Paradise opens with a scapegoat massacre. "They shoot the white girl first. With the rest they can take their time." Who that white girl is, is left for the reader to decide. I suppose the mystery is ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję
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A difficult subject, or couple of subjects really, to write about in alcoholism and adultery, and especially to write in a way that is both realistic and sympathetic, and without resorting to "bad ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję
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