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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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FOREW/ORD To story goes like this. My grandfather attended school for one day
in order to tell the teacher he wouldn't be back because he had to work. His older
sister, he said, would teach him to read. It was one of those details that surface ...
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
The surprise party he and his brothers threw for a sister's sixteenth birthday. Yet
here, not twenty miles away from a quiet, orderly community, there were women
like none he knew or ever heard tell of. In this place of all places. Unique and ...
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
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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