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Kes clashes that have bedevilled American society between race and racelessness; patriarchy and matriarchy; religion and magic; freedom and belonging; promicuity and fidelity Magnificent in its scope PARADISE is a revelation in the intensity of its portrayal of human complexity and in the sheer force of its narrative. There are few authors that can make me feel as stupid as Morrison makes me feel time and time again This novel centers on a small community in rural Oklahoma founded as a safe place for black families that had faced prejudice and a former convent nearly 20 miles away that has become a refuge for broken women The stories of these women intertwine with the people of the town of Ruby As the women slowly heal their psychological wounds the town slowly experiences fractures and tension Finally the leading men of the town decide that these women who do not need men who flaunt their sexuality and possibly practice witchcraft is the cause of the town s problems Although they manage to destroy the community of women it is not clear if they destroy the individual women Of course this violent act does nothing to heal the town In this novel Morrison explores racial hierarchies the tension between patriarchal systems and feminism and group cohesion and the fear of the outsider I found this novel very difficult to follow Stories wove in and out of one another the focal point changing without any signal I know I missed 75% of what was really going on in this book

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Paradise

Ting past present and future this novel of mysterious motives reveals the interior lives of the citizens of the town with astonishing clarity The drama of its people from the four young women and their elderly protector to conservative businessmen rednecks a Civil Rights minister and veterans of three wars richly evo. I swear it s the most fulfilling when you read an author and you have ambiguous feelings towards them and their writing But being an unbiased fair desperately enthusiastic reader you come back to give it a second try and it will be with that second book that you make your definitive judgement towards the author either you like them or don t You respect their writing and just can t get down with it or you think their writing is crapI thought I didn t like Morrison I respected her as I could judge from the first book I read by her that she knew what she was talking about And as far as I could smell there was no propaganda about her writing in which she wrote for personal gain not to educate about Afro American life I think that claim about another African American writer and it unsettles me greatly because the writing is good and it sucks to think the intention isn t as well But with Morrison s writing I wasn t sure I was gaining much information or insight into the past I thought she hid too much of it behind a fantastic plot magic than reality This second and last time proved to the second and best and proved it definitely won t be the last While I really did like and appreciate Beloved the focus on family and the description of fear turned to desperate measures I could not really get into the vignettes that depicted the slave life I didn t discount it let s just say I felt I could read about it somewhere else and get a stronger bullet through the heart feeling that depictions of slavery leave you withI got such a stronger picture of life through Paradise I have no idea if it was because there were references to things I had available knowledge on such as the civil rights era But either way I got several lessons out of this book I ll list them off so this reverie can be over1 Not all self righteous people with a cause are doing it for the right reasons2 Some African Americans felt just as privileged and pompous as whites3 Dark skinned African Americans felt hatred towards lighter skinned ones although this is misdirected anger4 Fear of integration will only cause unhappiness5 Don t judge a woman without knowing what in her past caused her to actbehave in xyz way no matter how vulgar you may find it6 Don t judge a book by a well written synopsis or by the first chapter no matter how confused you are Of that last lesson my thoughts on this novel evolved constantly The first chapter which begins in medias res not only confused me it made me think this won t be good Even now after finishing it and loving it and getting a good grip on it s meaningpurpose I don t know how to classify it It s a feminist book a story of how women can embrace let go and rise above their horrors and achieve a spirituality that is both not understood and even so feared it s a story of how you can live a clean life and people will conjure up the dirtiest story against you taking your life into their hands it s a story about judgement and justification to feed a personal and destructive agenda it s a story about one s duty as an African American towards their race it s a story of a corrupted delusional people that only destroys itself and hurts it s descendants Most importantly it s a story about us vs them young vs old progressive vs traditional open minded vs close minded free spirit vs stuck male vs female It s about there not being a right way to live only one s own individual way to live And that way is only destructive if you re living for the wrong reasons

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Four young women are brutally attacked in a convent near an all black town in America in the mid 1970s The inevitability of this attack and the attempts to avert it lie at the heart of PARADISE Spanning the birth of the Civil Rights movement Vietnam the counter culture and the politics of the late 70s deftly manipula. The moment I wake up before I put on my makeup I say a little prayer for you but on that in a moment Reading this after reading The Bluest Eye is probably like reading Dubliners and then following it with Finnegans Wake Well maybe not uite I wouldn t know as I haven t read either one but this one is definitely much denser than The Bluest Eye and has a cast of characters as large as the Bible It s not something you read with the TV on in the background or while having a conversation with your spouseNot unmanageable and certainly not unenjoyable there s a wedding scene that is simply mesmerizing or should I say Divine hence the song from My Best Friend s Wedding you know where Julia Roberts sits annoyed and horrified as the whole family breaks into song I would compare it to one of those jigsaw puzzles where the main image on closer inspection is composed of hundreds of smaller images Despite it being divided into sections based on characters you don t get a single character s whole story in their section Just keep on reading


10 thoughts on “Paradise

  1. says:

    Sometimes you have to hold up your hands as a reader and admit maybe you didn’t do a book justice I found Paradise really difficult to follow Mainly this is due to there being no central character The central character instead is a town call

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    They shoot the white girl first but the rest they can take their time No need to hurry out here They are 17 miles from a town which has 90 miles between it and any other Hiding places will be plentiful in the convent but there is time and the day has just begun They are nine Over twice the number of the women they are obliged to stampede or

  3. says:

    The moment I wake up before I put on my makeup I say a little prayer for you but on that in a moment Reading this after reading The Bluest Eye is probably like reading Dubliners and then following it with Finnegans Wake We

  4. says:

    Why is it that so often in life the very thing you’re trying to avoid becomes you? Why do the oppressed become the oppressor? Why do the abused become the abuser? Why do those who demand openness and euality become insular and elitist? Why does the love that we strive so hard to obtain turn into a protective curse when

  5. says:

    This is the most complex book I have read from Toni Morrison It is the story of a black community called Ruby in rural Oklahoma in the 70s and the reaction to a female commune of sorts called the Convent out on the edge of the town At issue here is skin tone the 8 rock dark black founders and their suspicions towards those with l

  6. says:

    I swear it's the most fulfilling when you read an author and you have ambiguous feelings towards them and their writing But being an unbiased fair desperately enthusiastic reader; you come back to give it a second try and it will be with that second book that you make your definitive judgement towards the author — either you lik

  7. says:

    Paradise is one of my favourite words I believe it came first from an ancient word in Farsi that means only a park which says something about the Iranian idea of a park perhaps I think paradise is a place of welco

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    Paradise was not well received upon its publication in 1997—influential critics like Michiko Kakutani James Wood and Zoë Heller disparaged it and even Oprah's audience instructed to read it for the talk show host's book club demurred prompting Oprah to call Morrison to offer the viewers encouragement One of the studio audience members protested that confused by the novel's multiple perspectives and non linear chronology she was lost on

  9. says:

    There are few authors that can make me feel as stupid as Morrison makes me feel time and time again This novel centers on a small community in rural Oklahoma founded as a safe place for black families that had faced preju

  10. says:

    Why did I read this book before reading Beloved and Jazz when it is supposed to complete the trilogy? I'm bummed by that I c

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