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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... which had to be broken up into more pieces for his children, until finally the
owners of the bits and pieces who had not walked off in disgust welcomed any
offer from a white speculator, so eager were they to get away and try someplace
Go get your rifle.” Which he did, but he took the palm cross too. It was four in the
morning when they left; going on five when they arrived because, not wanting
engine hum or headlights to ruin their cover of darkness, they walked the final
It was a fine thing. Mavis had never seen anything like it—made ink on the paper
but dry, not all blotty. “I don't have nothing to say to strangers right now." For the
second time the photographer adjusted the front window shade and walked back
I walked in there straight to the dairy section and picked up two packs of Armours
which is high you know but I didn't even look for the price. Some of them is
cheaper but just as good. But I was hurrying so I didn't look.” “You were hurrying?
Tripping occasionally on gravel, she walked toward the diner. Inside, the waitress
was eating crab cakes and grits behind the counter. She covered her plate with a
cloth and touched the corners of her mouth before wishing Mavis a good ...
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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