Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 24 lip 2007 - 320
"Rumors had been whispered for more than a year. Outrages that had been accumulating all along took shape as evidence. A mother was knocked down the stairs by her cold-eyed daughter. Four damaged infants were born in one family. Daughters refused to get out of bed. Brides disappeared on their honeymoons. Two brothers shot each other on New Year's Day. Trips to Demby for VD shots common. And what went on at the Oven these days was not to be believed . . . The proof they had been collecting since the terrible discovery in the spring could not be denied: the one thing that connected all these catastrophes was in the Convent. And in the Convent were those women."
In Paradise--her first novel since she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature--Toni Morrison gives us a bravura performance. As the book begins deep in Oklahoma early one morning in 1976, nine men from Ruby (pop. 360), in defense of "the one all-black town worth the pain," assault the nearby Convent and the women in it. From the town's ancestral origins in 1890 to the fateful day of the assault, Paradise tells the story of a people ever mindful of the relationship between their spectacular history and a void "Out There . . . where random and organized evil erupted when and where it chose." Richly imagined and elegantly composed, Paradise weaves a powerful mystery.
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He remembers the ceremony they'd had when the Oven's iron lip was
recemented into place and its worn letters polished for all to see. He himself had
helped clean off sixty-two years of carbon and animal fat so the words shone as
brightly as ...
From barrel staves and busted axles, from kettles and bent nails, he fashioned an
iron plate five feet by two and set it at the base of the Oven's mouth. It is still not
clear where the words came from. Something he heard, invented, or something ...
But now everybody knew it was all a lie, a front, a carefully planned disguise for
what was really going on. Once the emergency was plain, representatives from
all three churches met at the Oven because they couldn't agree on which, ...
And they have never forgotten the message or the specifics of any story,
especially the controlling one told to them by their grandfather—the man who put
the words in the Oven's black mouth. A story that explained why neither the
founders of ...
... stiffer, prouder with each misfortune, the details of which were engraved into
the twins' powerful memories. Unembellished stories told and retold in dark barns
, near the Oven at sunset, in the Sunday afternoon light of prayer meetings.
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LibraryThing ReviewRecenzja użytkownika - Frenzie - LibraryThing
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