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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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... 1) If you have nothing, stay away. 2) This new land is Utopia for a few.
Translation: no poor former slaves are welcome in the paradise being built here.
What could that mean for ex-slaves—threatened, exhausted refugees with no xii
What could that mean for ex-slaves—threatened, exhausted refugees with no
resources? How would they feel having trekked all that way from chains into
freedom only to be told, “This here is Paradise but you can't come in.” I also
noticed that ...
... their children, they were nevertheless unprepared for the aggressive
discouragement they received from Negro towns already being built. The
headline of a feature in the Herald, “Come Prepared or Not at All,” could not
mean them, could it?
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. I was against it at first but he ...
I mean, they're older.” Mavis slid her thumb under her bra strap, pulling it back
over her shoulder. “I wasn't expecting no danger. Higgledy Piggledy is just
yonder. I could of went to the Convenience but their stuff sits too long for me.” “So
you left ...
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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