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Make it easy on yourself, read #1 bestselling author Toni Morrison in Large Print * About Large Print All Random House Large Print editions are published in a 16-point typeface "Rumors had been whispered for more than a year. Outrages that had been accumulating all along took shape as evidence. A mother was knocked down the stairs by her cold-eyed daughter. Four damaged infants were born in one family. Daughters refused to get out of bed. Brides disappeared on their honeymoons. Two brothers shot each other on New Year's Day. Trips to Demby for VD shots common. And what went on at the Oven these days was not to be believed . . . The proof they had been collecting since the terrible discovery in the spring could not be denied: the one thing that connected all these catastrophes was in the Convent. And in the Convent were those women." In Paradise--her first novel since she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature--Toni Morrison gives us a bravura performance. As the book begins deep in Oklahoma early one morning in 1976, nine men from Ruby (pop. 360), in defense of "the one all-black town worth the pain," assault the nearby Convent and the women in it. From the town's ancestral origins in 1890 to the fateful day of the assault, Paradise tells the story of a people ever mindful of the relationship between their spectacular history and a void "Out There . . . where random and organized evil erupted when and where it chose." Richly imagined and elegantly composed, Paradise weaves a powerful mystery. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780676971132
Branch Call Number: F MOR NVD


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RogerDeBlanck Jan 31, 2018

Paradise was Toni Morrison’s first novel after winning the Nobel Prize. Her success and acclaim as a writer make every novel she publishes a battle against proving she can surpass what she has already accomplished. With Paradise, there seemed to be a consensus among critics and reviewers that the work was powerful, but it didn’t match the power of the works that made her famous. But Paradise is as original and breathtaking as Morrison’s other major novels. Returning to the rural life of her most famous settings from other books, Morrison focuses on an obscure portion of American history in the decades after the Civil War. She looks at a small black community that establishes itself in Oklahoma as part of the government’s encouragement after the war for blacks to settle out west. She then charts the development of this community from 1890 up to a tragic event in 1976. Seeking to preserve a close-knit settlement built on family values, the elderly men of the community become wary of a group of estranged women who begin to gather at an abandoned convent outside of town. Morrison examines the fears that lead to misunderstanding in this epic tale of a small community struggling against the enormous forces of history.

Sep 07, 2016

***** Solid 5 stars from me. Toni Morrison is a genius fiction writer. Incredible story.

May 13, 2016

A masterpiece.

Mar 29, 2013

This novel is set during the 1970s in an all black town in Oklahoma, originally founded by former slaves. Nearby is a "convent", a former school now inhabited by damaged women who have sought refuge and healing there. The outside world is infringing on these communities. The town is patriarchial, strict and colour-coded and the men, threatened by the nearby community of women, strike out violently against it. Morrison's ideas are interesting, but she did not succeed in pulling it off.

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