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Author:  Toni Morrison
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0452280397
ISBN-13: 9780452280397
Sku: 30457640
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Sales Rank: 16879
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  318
Age Range:  22 to UP
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They shoot the white girl first. (from the first line)
The Nobel Prize-winning author of The Bluest Eye captures the dreams, memories, conflicts, and complex interior lives of the citizens of a small, all-black town as four young women are brutally attacked in a convent near the town during the 1970s, in a novel that blends past, present, and future. Reprint. 500,000 first printing. *Author: Morrison, Toni *Series Title: Oprahs Book Club *Publication Date: 1999/04/01 *Number of Pages: 340 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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"They shoot the white girl first. With the others they can take their time." Toni Morrison's first novel since she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature opens with a horrifying scene of mob violence then chronicles its genesis in a small all-black town in rural Oklahoma. Founded by descendants of free slaves as intent on isolating themselves from the outside world as it once was on rejecting them, the patriarchal community of Ruby is built on righteousness, rigidly enforced moral law, and fear. But seventeen miles away, another group of exiles has gathered in a promised land of their own. And it is upon these women in flight from death and despair that nine male citizens of Ruby will lay their pain, their terror, and their murderous rage... Paradise is a tour de force of storytelling power, richly imagined and elegantly composed. Morrison challenges our most fiercely held beliefs as she weaves folklore and history, memory and myth, into an unforgettable meditation on race, religion, gender, and the way a society can turn on itself until it is forced to explode."The last classic American writer" ("Newsweek") challenges our most fiercely held beliefs as she weaves folklore and history, memory and myth, into an unforgettable meditation on race, religion, gender, and the way a society can turn in on itself until it explodes.
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Toni Morrison writes about a group of African Americans who found a community in Oklahoma called Ruby. When the outside world threatens the peace of the community, five women whose lives are particularly troubled take refuge in an abandoned convent, which alienates the men of the town. In this novel, which pits men against women and presents women as victims, the result is violence--but not despair. In the end, Morrison remains hopeful. A "New York Times" Notable Book for 1998.
Author Bio
Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford in 1931 in Lorain, Ohio. Morrison's childhood was informed by voracious reading and by the stories her father would tell his four children. Educated at Howard and Cornell universities, Morrison has worked as a professor (including at Princeton), lecturer, and editor, in addition to writing fiction and non-fiction. She was married in 1958 to Harold Morrison; the couple had two children before divorcing in 1964. Much later she would co-author children's books with her son Slade. ||Morrison's first book, THE BLUEST EYE was published in 1970, and her successes and accolades increased with each subsequent publication: her second book, SULA (1975), was a National Book Award nominee, while her fifth novel, BELOVED (1988), won the Pulitzer Prize. BELOVED was also adapted for a film starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. In 1993 Morrison became the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Throughout her writings, Morrison wields the power of storytelling in resistance to the cultural silencing of marginalized black Americans. Her stories employ finely tuned dialog full of colloquially layered meanings that buoy the epic scope of her vision. Morrison's works have inspired devotion in readers, as well as receiving critical acclaim. For instance, Oprah chose THE BLUEST EYE for her book club in 2000. More than an author, Morrison is a public intellectual, highly respected for her wisdom, political convictions, and eloquence

Praise

New York Times
"'Paradise'...addresses the same great themes of her 1987 masterpiece, 'Beloved': the loss of innocence, the paralyzing power of ancient memories and the difficulty of accepting loss and change and pain. It, too, deals with the blighted legacy of slavery. It, too, examines the emotional and physical violence that human beings are capable of inflicting upon one another. And it, too, suggests that redemption is to be found not in obsessively remembering the past but in letting go. Unfortunately, 'Paradise' is everything that 'Beloved' was not: it's a heavy-handed, schematic piece of writing, thoroughly lacking in the novelistic magic Ms. Morrison has wielded so effortlessly in the past. It's a contrived, formulaic book that mechanically pits men against women, old against young, the past against the present....Unlike the heroine of 'Beloved,' who was strong, desperate, loving, vulnerable and angry all at once, almost all the women in this novel are victims....[T]his novel remains an earthbound hodgepodge, devoid of both urgency and narrative sleight of hand. It's neither grounded in closely observed vignettes of real life, nor lofted by the dreamlike images the author has used so dexterously in the past to suggest the strangeness of American history." - Michiko Kakutani 01/05/1998

Kirkus Reviews
"...Morrison's rich, symphonic seventh novel...[is] not perfect--but a breathtaking, risk-taking work that will have readers feverishly, and fearfully, turning the pages." 11/15/1997

Washington Post Book World
"[A] long, complex, fluent novel which is not so much a description of that heavenly dwelling place as an interrogation of its meaning and its ultimate impossibility....Some readers may find the issues too many and too unfocused, but what secures them in the memory is the solid and careful scenes in which they are positioned." - Carol Shields 01/11/1998

Nation
"[A]bundant, even prodigal..., symphonic, light-struck and sheer..., the splendid sister of 'Beloved'..." - John Leonard 01/26/1998

New York Times Book Review
"[C]omplex and impressive....With 'Paradise,' Morrison has brought it all together: the poetry, the emotion, the broad symbolic plan. Not that the novel is free of awkward elements. The male-female dichotomy, for example....But the novel richly rewards the reader's efforts. It is an ambitious, troubling and complicated piece of work, proof that Toni Morrison continues to change and mature in surprising new directions." - Brooke Allen 01/11/1998

Wall Street Journal
"Its title notwithstanding, this is not an enticing book. It does not invite you in or make you feel comfortable after you've crossed the threshold....'Paradise' is an examination of the persistence of intolerance, even among those who have been its victims. It is also an extended meditation on the paradox of good intentions leading to bad deeds. But although it presents a clear message about the dangers of rigid attitudes, 'Paradise' is more than a simple morality play. No position is viewed without some degree of understanding, no posture is presented without some measure of skepticism. As the characters and their stories unfold, complexities emerge and ironies deepen, rewarding the reader who has persevered." - Merle Rubin 01/20/1998

New Yorker
"The whole novel is about the male scapegoating of sexually unattached women--a phenomenon significant enough, in Morrison's view, to be made to symbolize the entire period of social turbulence, from 1968 to 1976, in which her story is set....Morrison's fiction can sometimes seem a little willed. Certain images and episodes, certain icons and formulas are there, you feel, not because the story requires them but because Morrison thinks they ought to be there. This has to do, possibly, with her sense that she is not just writing novels; she is constructing a literary tradition." - Louis Menand 01/12/1998

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0318
Product attributePublisher:   Plume Books
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