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"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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That was when paradise was simply the absence of evil—an edgeless already
recognizable landscape: great trees for shade and fruit, lawns, palaces, precious
metals, animal husbandry, and jewelry. Other than outwit. ting evil, waging war ...
A big city this time, or a small town—anywhere that was already built. But he and
the others, veterans all, had a different idea. Loving what Haven had been—the
idea of it and its reach—they carried that devotion, gentling and nursing it from ...
The mansion-turned-Convent was there long before the town, and the last
boarding Arapaho girls had already gone when the fifteen families arrived. That
was twenty-five years ago, when all their dreams outstretched the men who had
Turned away by rich Choctaw and poor whites, chased by yard dogs, jeered at by
camp prostitutes and their children, they were nevertheless unprepared for the
aggressive discouragement they received from Negro towns already being built.
Frank was already under the sheet, and Mavis woke with a start of terror, which
dissolved quickly into familiar fright. “I'm okay.” She searched the darkness for a
sign, trying to feel, smell his mood in advance. But he was a blank, just the way
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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