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Paradise av Toni Morrison
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Paradise (urspr publ 1997; utgåvan 1998)

av Toni Morrison

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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 1970s, deftly manipulating 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 evokes clashes that have bedevilled American society- between race and racelessness; patriarchy and matriarchy; religion and magic; freedom and belonging; promiscuity and fidelity. An intense portrayal of human complexity.… (mer)
Medlem:Americancornerlagos
Titel:Paradise
Författare:Toni Morrison
Info:Random House (1998), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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from the group read comments in 75 Book Challenge for 2021:
Great discussion. Sorry I wasn't able to start the book sooner, and add my two cents as the thread went on. I finished about an hour ago, and I'm relieved that others found it confusing, not just me!

I found the writing quite powerful, the characters as well, although I wish I had Pat's genealogy to guide me! Next time I read it, I will at least keep track of who married whom and which children belonged to which family.

As for the reality of the women at the Convent, I never doubted it. How their bodies disappeared is certainly a mystery, as is (to me) that door or window that Richard and Anna sense in the garden. I think Mavis might be alive at the end - when her daughter embraces her she winces - but maybe not. I think Pallas is certainly dead, as is her baby, because she doesn't answer or look at her mother later when she comes back for her shoes, carrying the baby. I don't know if Lone was able to employ her power to restore any of them, but it's a possibility.

The story of exclusive communities is very old, of course, and we still carry that in some parts of our society today. It's meant as a bulwark against change and contamination, but without change thoughts and habits ossify. The nine families recoil from the hurt of exclusion (no room at the inn for them) into themselves. I was a little surprised that the young men of the latter generation went off to war - so little mention was made of the government I thought the town was itself invisible. But of course, once the boys see the realities of the outside world, it's harder to keep new ideas out. And then the very personal damage that can be caused by exclusion becomes overt.

Much more to be said, if I can think of it. This book certainly bears careful rereading, but I don't expect that to explain things.

I'll go check other's posts on their own threads now. I've been passing them by until I'd finished my own read. ( )
  ffortsa | Feb 23, 2021 |
A difficult and disturbing novel about human nature. While I sense its power, and found certain passages absolutely wonderful, I didn't fall in love with the book. Nearly 200 pages into it, I was still trying to sort out the characters and their relationships. I don't object to complexity and often embrace it, but I found parts of the first half of this book were just too obtuse. It may have been partly that I never sat down and immersed myself in the reading for long enough to get caught up in it, but that's sort of a "chicken or egg" situation. A book can MAKE me do that and this one didn't. Having said all that, I expect that I'll re-read Paradise at some point. I'm not ready to devote any more of my limited reading time to this book immediately, but I really wish our library had the audiobook on CD so I could listen to it in the car right away. I think that would probably increase my rating from 3 1/2 to 4 at least. I know that I have not got everything there is to get from this book, and I'm not through with it. Some books simply require a second go.
Reviewed in 2011 ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Feb 22, 2021 |
Ik weet niet goed wat ik van dit boek moet denken. Het is zeker een intrigerend boek, maar niet makkelijk te lezen. Toni Morrison begint met het einde van het verhaal en eindigt daar ook weer mee. Daartussen in beschrijft ze de geschiedenis van een kleine stad/dorp in Minnesota. Het stadje wordt uitsluitend bevolkt door zwarte families, 9 in totaal. Met alle kinderen en kleinkinderen toch een behoorlijke groep. Een paar kilometer buiten het dorp staat een gebouw dat het 'Klooster' wordt genoemd. Dat is het vroeger ook geweest maar nu wordt het bewoond door een vijftal vrouwen. Connie (Consolata), Mavis, Gigi (Grace), Seneca en Pallas. Connie woont daar permanent, maar de rest komt er wonen, gaat weer weg, maar keren altijd weer terug. Het boek beschrijft de achtergronden van de vijf vrouwen en de redenen waarom ze in het Klooster terecht zijn gekomen.
In het dorp heerst harmonie maar dat slaat allemaal om als de jongste generatie niet meer tevreden is met de situatie en de ouderen de vrouwen uit het Klooster daar de schuld van geven. De ouderen willen de vrouwen wegjagen maar dat loopt vreselijk uit de hand.
Doordat je maar moet gissen wanneer welk deel van de beschreven periodes plaatsvinden is het in het begin best lastig om er een samenhangend verhaal van te maken. Gelukkig lukt dat wel.
Dit geeft, volgens mij, wel een tijdsbeeld van Amerika weer. ( )
  connie53 | Feb 20, 2021 |
The town of Ruby, Oklahoma was formed by some residents of Haven, a town founded by their ancestors, former slaves. Several miles away lies the Convent, a former school for native girls now inhabited only by the mother superior and her protégée, Connie. Toni Morrison uses these two settings to explore a set of issues more focused on gender than race. And, as with most of Morrison’s novels, things are much more complicated than they first appear.

The book opens with a group of men from Ruby staging a violent raid on the Convent. What would lead them to such an horrific act? Morrison takes her time shedding light on this question. Each chapter focuses on the life of a different woman, usually one who came to stay at the Convent. But the narrative also provides a history of Ruby and its people, albeit in a non-linear way. It can be difficult to keep track of all the characters and their relationships to one another. It’s not until the final chapters that the reader begins to understand why and how the raid happened. This later, more detailed description of the raid was gripping and tragic.

The raid is just one example of violence against women in this novel. All of the women who arrive at the Convent have experienced tragic circumstances, often at the hands of men. There’s a lot of imagery and symbolism, which I cannot claim to have fully unpacked. And I think there’s something supernatural going on as well, in ways reminiscent of Morrison’s Beloved. This was a challenging novel to read and understand, but rather than being confused or turned off by that, I loved it. ( )
1 rösta lauralkeet | Feb 15, 2021 |
The Emperor has no clothes! I did not like the book...I truly felt that reading the book was drudgery. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
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For many are the pleasant forms which exist in
numerous sings,
and incontinencies,
and disgraceful passions
and fleeting pleasures,
which (men) embrace until they become
sober
and go up to their resting place.
And they will find me there,
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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 1970s, deftly manipulating 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 evokes clashes that have bedevilled American society- between race and racelessness; patriarchy and matriarchy; religion and magic; freedom and belonging; promiscuity and fidelity. An intense portrayal of human complexity.

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