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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... inside or out rots the one all-black town worth the pain. All the others he knew
about or heard tell of knuckled to or merged with white towns; otherwise, like
Haven, they had shriveled into tracery: foundation outlines marked by the way 5
... had fought the world, they could not (would not) be less than the Old Fathers
who had outfoxed it; who had not let danger or natural evil keep them from cutting
Haven out of mud and who knew enough to seal their triumph with that priority.
His name was Morgan and who knew if he invented or stole the half-dozen or so
words he forged. Words that seemed at first to bless them; later to confound them;
finally to announce that they had lost. The man eyes the kitchen sink. He moves ...
Outhere in wide-open space tucked away in a mansion—no one to bother or
insult them—they managed to call into question the value of almost every woman
he knew. The winter coat money for which his father saved in secret for two ...
Nobody knew. But it wasn't important to know because all of them, each in her
turn, and like the old Mother Superior and the servant who used to, still sold
produce, barbecue sauce, good bread and the hottest peppers in the world.
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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