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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Those who have worn workshoes are unnerved by the thunder of their steps on
marble floors; those in Pro-Keds by the silence. Then there is the grandeur. Only
the two who are wearing ties seem to belong here and one by one each is ...
... stone steps. This man closes the door and joins his partner at the pantry.
Together they scan dusty mason jars and what is left of last year's canning
tomatoes, green beans, peaches. Slack, they think. August just around the corner
and these ...
A sleepless woman could always rise from her bed, wrap a shawl around her
shoulders and sit on the steps in the moonlight. And if she felt like it she could
walk out the yard and on down the road. No lamp and no fear. A hiss-crackle from
shone from a house up a ways and the cry of a colicky baby caught her attention,
she might step over to the house and call out softly to the woman inside trying to
soothe the baby. The two of them might take turns massaging the infant stomach
He steps to a tray of small glasses positioned on the wall to see if any food
offerings remain there. Except for grime and spider webbing, the red glasses are
empty. Maybe they are not for food but for money. Or trash? There is a gum
wrapper in ...
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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