"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.
Hard to Follow
I like to listen to my audiobooks and follow along in the book. I am not sure if I have a later version of the book or something but it was incredibly hard to follow along. For Toni Morrison's books it really is helpful to follow along in the book as she pronounces some words quite oddly. There were huge chunks missing, or it would go back to a part later. I really would not recommend this if you were hoping for the whole book. Yes, the book is confusing but this just made things worse.
Paradise is a Masterpiece
This book is a hard book to follow. It is written to be read, not to hear. Morrison beautifully ties images, sounds, ideals, and so on together throughout the text: a masterpiece. The reader may not get all they could from listening to the book, the reader should READ the book. This is not a book that can be heard through tape… and it would take way more than six hours to read normally.
paradise NOT hell to listen to
The narrator sounds so very medicated I cul not get what the book was about. This was the worst book ever!