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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To challenge that view of universalism, to exorcise, alter, and de-sang the white/
black confrontation and concentrate on the residue of that hostility seemed to me
a daunting project and an artistically liberating one. “They shoot the white girl first
Raising these questions seemed most compelling when augmented by
yearnings for freedom and safety; for plenitude, for rest, for beauty; by the search
for one's own space, for respect, love, bliss—in short, how to reimagine paradise.
Not the ...
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 to the
long table and lifts the pitcher of milk. He sniffs it first and then, the pistol in his
right hand, ...
... panicked does leaping toward a sun that has finished burning off the mist and
now pours its holy oil over the hides of game. God at their side, the men take aim.
For Ruby. MAVIS T. neighbors seemed pleased when the babies smothered.
Toni Morrison. MAVIS T. neighbors seemed pleased when the babies smothered.
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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
LibraryThing ReviewRecenzja użytkownika - jkdavies - LibraryThing
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