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Paradise actually begins with the arrival of these vigilantes, only to launch into an intricate series of flashbacks and interlaced stories. The cast is large--indeed, it seems as though we must have met all 360 members of Ruby's populace--and Morrison knows how to imprint even the minor players on our brains. Even more amazing, though, are the full-length portraits she draws of the four Convent dwellers and their executioners: rich, rounded, and almost painful in their intimacy. This richness--of language and, ultimately, of human understanding--combats the aura of saintliness that can occasionally mar Morrison's fiction. It also makes for a spectacular piece of storytelling, in which such biblical concepts as redemption and divine love are no postmodern playthings but matters of life and (in the very first sentence, alas) death. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Hands down the worst book I've ever read. Dark, gloomy, pretentious and confusing. I'm an avid reader and love complex books. Read morePublished 23 days ago by D. Rodney
Morrison is a good writer but a lot is jammed packed in the book. It makes it a little hard to follow at times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alicia
I didn't know that I was interested in the lives of women in late 19th & early 20th century America. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dwayne
Love the paradise novel. It is one of my favorite authors.Published 3 months ago by TRACYE D GARVIN
In reading all of Toni Morrison's books, I struggle to find words that can capture her essence. There is a beauty to her writing that is unmatched. Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Careful Observer
LOVED,,,I WISH I HAD NOT LENT IT OUT,,,KEPT YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT,,,AND HISTORY EARNED HERE, SCARYPublished 5 months ago by girlyjohnnie
This story about race is told by the women of a town that began as a settlement of freed slaves who moved their society to a place they built out of devotion to their beliefs and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mirrani
The book opens early one morning in 1976, with nine men from the town of Ruby (with a population of 360) assaulting a former Convent which lies some 19 miles outside the town. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christopher Sullivan