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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One of the most malevolent characteristics of racist thought is that it never
produces new knowledge. It seems able to merely reformulate and refigure
itselfin multiple but static assertions. It has no ref. erent in the material world, like
the concept ...
And while racist thought and language have an almost unmitigated force in
political and social life, the realm of racial difference has been allowed an
intellectual weight to which it has no claim. It is truly a realm that is no realm at all
And the one or two people who acted up, humiliated their families or threatened
the town's view of itself were taken good care of Certainly there wasn't a slack or
sloven woman anywhere in town and the reasons, he thought, were clear.
... refreshed and ready to sleep, or she might keep her direction and walk further
down the road, past other houses, past the three churches, past the feedlot. On
out, beyond the limits of town, because nothing at the edge thought she was prey.
in the cellar of a Convent watching out for awful women who, when they came,
one by one, were obviously not nuns, real or even pretend, but members, it was
thought, of some other cult. Nobody knew. But it wasn't important to know
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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