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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They are nine, over twice the number of the women they are obliged to stampede
or kill and they have the paraphernalia for either requirement: rope, a palm leaf
cross, handcuffs, Mace and sunglasses, along with clean, handsome guns.
The Sisters of the Sacred Cross chipped away all the nymphs, but curves of their
marble hair still strangle grape leaves and tease the fruit. The chill intensifies as
the men spread deeper into the mansion, taking their time, looking, listening, ...
... a place that once housed Christians—well, Catholics anyway—not a cross of
Jesus anywhere. But what alarms the two men most is the series of infant booties
and shoes ribboned to a cord hanging from a crib in the last bedroom they enter.
The outline of a huge cross comes into view. Clean as new paint is the space
where there used to be a Jesus. The brothers approaching the cellar were once
identical. Although they are twins, their wives look more alike than they do. One is
Which he did, but he took the palm cross too. It was four in the morning when they
left; going on five when they arrived because, not wanting engine hum or
headlights to ruin their cover of darkness, they walked the final miles. They
parked the ...
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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