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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... they took it apart, carrying the bricks, the hearthstone and its iron plate two
hundred and forty miles west—far far from the old Creek Nation which once upon
a time a witty government called “unassigned land.” He remembers the ceremony
Either took the cake for pure burning power. The relish lasted years with proper
attention, and though many customers tried planting the seeds, the pepper grew
nowhere outside the Convent's garden. Strange neighbors, most folks said, but ...
So, like the ex-slaves who knew what came first, the ex-soldiers broke up the
Oven and loaded it into two trucks even before they took apart their own beds.
Before first light in the middle of August, fifteen families moved out of Haven–
The uncles took him for granted. When the decision was taken at the Oven, he
was there. But two hours ago, when they'd swallowed the last piece of red meat,
an uncle simply tapped him on the shoulder and said, “We got coffee in the truck.
Mavis took a deep breath. “I can't think of any. I guess. I.” The photographer
squatted, cocking his head as he examined the possibilities. “So some good can
come out of this awful tragedy?" June's smile was sad. Mavis straightened
against the ...
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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