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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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The idea of paradise is no longer imaginable or, rather, it is overimagined, which
amounts to the same thing—and has therefore become familiar, commercialized,
even trivial. Historically, the images of paradise in poetry and prose were ...
But there are strange things nailed or taped to the walls or propped in a corner. A
1968 calendar, large X's marking various dates (April 4, July 19); a letter written
in blood so smeary its satanic message cannot be deciphered; an astrology ...
How can their plain brains think up such things: revolting sex, deceit and the sly
torture of children? Outhere in wide-open space tucked away in a mansion—no
one to bother or insult them—they managed to call into question the value of ...
... soiled things stands nearby. There is no toilet paper. Only one mirror has not
been covered with chalky paint and that one the man ignores. He does not want
to see himself stalking females or their liquid. With relief he backs out and closes
Out came storedaway things and things got up on the spot: guitars and late
melon, hazelnuts, rhubarb pies and a mouth organ, a washboard, roast lamb,
pepper rice, Lil Green, “In the Dark," Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five;
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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