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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... where your children were sport, your women quarry, and where your very
person could be annulled; where congregations carried arms to church and
ropes coiled in every saddle. Out There where every cluster of whitemen looked
like a ...
Frankie and Billy James looked down at their bare feet. Sal rested her head on
her mother's shoulder while she clenched the flesh at Mavis' waist. “So could you
tell us?” June smiled a smile that meant “Do me this favor." “Well." Mavis frowned.
den by a fresh blue bonnet, tilted a watering can, a family of carved ducks lined at
her heels. The lawn, edged and close-cut, looked like a carpet sample of
expensive wool. Nothing moved, neither the tiny windmill nor the ivy surrounding
The fuel gauge touched E. The streets looked narrower than she remembered,
and the stores were different. The northern leaves were already starting to turn.
Driving underneath them, in the dappled hall they made, she felt as though 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