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Vintage, 1999 - African Americans - 318 pages
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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. Magnificent In Its Scope, Paradise Is A Revelation In The Intensity Of Its Potrayal Of Human Complexity And In The Sheer Force Of Its Narrative.

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User Review  - baswood - LibraryThing

Paradise weaves a powerful mystery says the blurb on the inside front cover, but I found no mystery, just a muddle, that was alternatively heavy handed mumbo-jumbo and portentous parody. Published in ... Read full review

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User Review  - mirrani - LibraryThing

This story about race is told by the women of a town that began as a settlement of freed slaves who moved their society to a place they built out of devotion to their beliefs and the signs created ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She is the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved (made into a major film), Paradise and Love. She has also received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction.

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