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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.
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 9 days ago by Christopher Sullivan
This is the most wonderful book I have read, and that is saying something. I have read classics and popular writers and have never had a book stay with me like this one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ghostwriter
This book is one of my favorites by Toni Morrison. Written in a spare prose, as deftly evocative as Faulkner, this is the story of a Western town, founded by Americans seeking... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anne-Marie
Such a compelling read that kept me immersed in its pages and world that it was hard to come up for breath. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nicola Mansfield
I read Bluest Eyes twice and I LOVED A Mercy, but this book I have tried to read. TRIED to read and I can not get into it. There were too many descriptions. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Andrea
Powerful and stirring at times, this novel's impact is considerably lessened due to all the time shifts, flashbacks, internal musings, and unnecessary supernatural elements, as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by jazznut