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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.
I didn't know that I was interested in the lives of women in late 19th & early 20th century America. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dwayne
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 1 month 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 2 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 3 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 5 months ago by Christopher Sullivan