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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.
- 10 Oct 2017
- Random House Audio Publishing Group
Stunning. . . . Morrison at her novelistic best. The New Yorker
Morrison dazzles. The Nation
A fascinating story, wonderfully detailed. . . . The town is the stage for a profound and provocative debate. Los Angeles Times
Morrison [is] a master storyteller. . . . She is at the height of her imaginative powers. New York Daily News
Everything is resonant here: the most casual gestures are informed by the facts and myths of genders and race, by our notions of civilization and lawlessness, body and spirit, Christianity and witchcraft. Morrison s lyrical prose displays great confidence in her readers intelligence, demands their unflagging attention, and rewards them generously with a memorable work of epic range and monumental ambition. People
Toni Morrison is an extraordinarily good writer. Two pages into anything she writes one feels the power of her language and the emotional authority behind that language. The Village Voice
Morrison is at the top of her form. . . . Impressive, eloquent, and powerfully imagined. The Baltimore Sun
Morrison is a terrific storyteller. . . . Her writing evokes the joyful richness of life. Newsday
A breathtaking, risk-taking major work that will have readers feverishly, and fearfully turning the pages. Kirkus Reviews
[A] triumph. . . . The individual stories of both the women and the townspeople reveal Morrison at her best. Publishers Weekly (starred)"
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