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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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He drew pictures of my sister and me and gave us the gift of chewing gum.
Wherever he was—on the porch, at the kitchen table, in the garden, in the living
room reading—that's where the power and deference were. He didn't exert power
It pleased his uncles who could then both mourn the sister and honor the friend
and brother-in-law who didn't make it back. But the nephew, winner of Ossie's
Purple Heart, heir to his father's dog tags, witness to his mother's name painted
“He didn't want the Spam. I mean the kids like it but he don't so. In this heat you
can't keep much meat. I had a whole chuck steak go green on me once so I went
and took the car, just some weenies, and I thought, well, Merle and Pearl.
Why didn't you take the other children along?" “It's a weasel out back," said
Frankie. “Groundhog,” said Billy James. “Shut!" Sal leaned over Mavis' stomach
and pointed at her brothers. June smiled. “Wouldn't it have been safer," she
“Didn't you know your husband was coming home for supper, Mrs. Albright?
Doesn't he come home for supper every day?" She's a really nice person, Mavis
thought. Polite. She didn't look around the room or at the boys' feet, or jump at 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