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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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
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 harmless. More than harmless, helpful
even on ...
The nephew always knew that his mother had tried as hard as she could to hang
on. She had managed to see him ride the winning horse, but beyond that she
had no strength. Not even enough to get interested in the debates about what to ...
“You all right?” Frank was already under the sheet, and Mavis woke with a start of
terror, which dissolved quickly into familiar fright. “I'm okay.” She searched the
darkness for a sign, trying to feel, smell his mood in advance. But he was a blank,
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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