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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“Streets” are understood to be populated by the unworthy, the dangerous. Young
people strolling are understood to be prowling the streets and up to no good.
Public space is fought over as if it were private. Who gets to enjoy a park, a beach
Sometimes, if they were young and drunk or old and sober, the strangers might
spot three or four colored girls walk-dawdling along the side of the road. Walking
a few yards, stopping as their talk required; skipping on, pausing to laugh or slap
They imagined their mother as a ten-year-old among other young girls clustered
quietly about the piano, sneaking a touch, a key stroke before the deaconess
slapped their hands away. Their pure sopranos at rehearsal singing “He will take
In 1949, young and newly married, they were anything but fools. Long before the
war, Haven residents were leaving and those who had not packed up were
planning to. The twins stared at their dwindling postwar future and it was not hard
Young Ruby. It pleased his uncles who could then both mourn the sister and
honor the friend and brother-in-law who didn't make it back. But the nephew,
winner of Ossie's Purple Heart, heir to his father's dog tags, witness to his
mother's name ...
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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