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Paradise

Written by: Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Toni Morrison
Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
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"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.

©2017 Toni Morrison (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Morrison has brought it all together: the poetry, the emotion, the broad symbolic plan." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Stunning.... Morrison at her novelistic best." ( The New Yorker)

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  • Kennedi Hill
  • 2019-11-07

MORRISON AT HER MOST COMPLEX

This book is for those who enjoy high brow fiction. The easily achieved pleasures of Beloved do not exist here. Morrison relies heavily upon the reader's knack for allusion and close-reading. Morrison does not provide simple entry ways into complex ideas, as she did before winning the prize. She had more to prove then, which often came at the expense of implication and carefully trimmed prose. Instead, she now walks in the full AUTHORITY of reputation and allows the assumptions of her genius--that the prize affords--to force the reader to do the work to find what is most certainly there and carefully stitched in the structure and prosody of Paradise: GENIUS. This book is an absolute MUST for literary folk. English majors do yourself a favor: BUY THIS BOOK!!!

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  • Bree Breski
  • 2019-01-27

No clue

I had no idea what was happening in this book. Characters were not developed in a manner you could understand. What was the purpose.

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