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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 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by jazznut
book was required reading for class. i felt like this book only has such rave reviews and importance because it was one of the first to be written by a female black writer and talk... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ning L.
Enigmatic, difficult to read. The story skips from generation to generation and character to character w/o explanation. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Lerner
Excellent title for a book, I started reading this book on a rainy night and fell right off to sleep.Published 5 months ago by Diana E. Ross
This is my second time reading this great book. I read it when it debuted, and now, this many years later, it's better than the first time!Published 7 months ago by Julian Brooks
That is no faint praise, I cherish this book as one of the most amazing works of fiction to cross my desk. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Megan Giles
I have mixed feelings about this book. It's a very big book in that it takes a whole community and examined it under a microscope - and the parallels with the whole world, society... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pippa Kay
I brought this book when Toni Morrison first wrote it and loved it. It is very well written and easy to read. While I was still reading it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dale Coleman