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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.
LOVED,,,I WISH I HAD NOT LENT IT OUT,,,KEPT YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT,,,AND HISTORY EARNED HERE, SCARYPublished 11 days 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 1 month 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 3 months 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 6 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 7 months ago by Anne-Marie