Paradise They shoot the white girl first With the rest they can take their time So begins this visionary work from a storyteller Toni Morrison s first novel since she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

  • Title: Paradise
  • Author: Toni Morrison
  • ISBN: 9780452280397
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • They shoot the white girl first With the rest they can take their time So begins this visionary work from a storyteller Toni Morrison s first novel since she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Paradise opens with a horrifying scene of mass violence and chronicles its genesis in an all black small town in rural Oklahoma Founded by the descendants of freed sla They shoot the white girl first With the rest they can take their time So begins this visionary work from a storyteller Toni Morrison s first novel since she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Paradise opens with a horrifying scene of mass violence and chronicles its genesis in an all black small town in rural Oklahoma Founded by the descendants of freed slaves and survivors in exodus from a hostile world, 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.In prose that soars with the rhythms, grandeur, and tragic arc of an epic poem, Toni Morrison challenges our most fiercely held beliefs as she weaves folklore and history, memory and myth into an unforgettable meditation of race, religion, gender, and a far off past that is ever present.

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    1. " 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 kill, and they have the paraphernalia for either requirement--rope, a palm leaf cross, handcuffs, mace, and sunglasses, along with clean, handsome [...]

    2. 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 called Ruby where only blacks live and are free of white legislation and a nearby building known as the convent. The awfulness of men and magical prowess of women is its theme. Well not quite but the divisions drawn here are not between blacks and whites but [...]

    3. قبل از این کتاب سه اثر دیگه از موریسون خونده بودم و تقریبا با روال روایتیش اشنا بودم . اتفاق بزرگ پایانی بی این که خواننده شخصیت ها رو بشناسه یا از ماجرا خبر داشته باشه تو همون فصل اول تعریف میشه. بعد کم کم تو هر فصل شخصیت ها معرفی میشن و تیکه های پازل ماجرا کنار هم چیده میشن تا به [...]

    4. 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 equality become insular and elitist? Why does the love that we strive so hard to obtain turn into a protective curse when we attempt to contain it vs. allowing its empathy and compassion to extend to all? These open-ended questions are only the tip of the iceberg in Toni Morrison’s "Paradise". I [...]

    5. 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 crap.I thought I didn't like Morrison. I respected her as I [...]

    6. 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 couldn't help it, I found the book on my shelf and decided to read it along withThe Bluest Eye. Then there I was, reading it and thinking, why was this book not titled, “Beware the Furrow of His Brow,” or “Furrow of His brow,” or, “The Oven?” I won’t spoil it, you will have to read it to see why I say that and you'll probably agree with me (I did hear though, [...]

    7. I'll confess that, though I'm an adoring Morrison fan, I've avoided three novels (this one, Jazz, Tar Baby) because of the less-than-stellar things I've heard about them. (Not to mention I found Love tedious.) Well, I went in as a skeptic and I came out a believer.The first sentence, quoted again and again here on GR, really deserves another show: "They shot the white girl first." It's so perfect, so emblematic of Morrison's ability to write both elegant, haunting, ornate sentences, and--just as [...]

    8. From very, very many perspectives, Toni Morrison in her novel ‘Paradise’ makes a sort of reconstruction of the social motives and religious drives of inhabitants of Ruby which have led to an act of violence described at the start of the novel. She does that eloquently, and somewhat mysterious en poetical. She demands quite some concentration from her readers, and she doesn’t support the reader very much in seeking the connections between the fragmented narrative. And the reader needs a ‘ [...]

    9. Basta, mi arrendo. Troppi personaggi che entrano in scena senza introduzione; troppi fatti accennati senza venire debitamente sviluppati; troppi riferimenti storici (principalmente riguardanti la comunità di colore) che richiederebbero una conoscenza della storia americana che io purtroppo non possiedo. Peccato, perché la scrittura è sontuosa, ma questa indubbiamente non è una lettura estiva e richiederebbe un lavoro di applicazione e documentazione che al momento non mi sento di intraprende [...]

    10. I really, really loved this book. I have never read Morrison before and now I'm wondering what took me so long. I think her writing is just exquisite. This was not an easy book to read, and I am left pondering many things, but where ambiguity usually leaves me feeling dissatisfied, with this book it somehow feels "right", like I am meant to be thinking about this book long after I have finished it.

    11. Reading a novel by Toni Morrison is an act of faith. She demands much from her language and her readers, but when that faith is rewarded, the effect is stunning.In "Paradise," her first novel since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, she has produced a story sure to generate volumes of feminist appraisal. This novel doesn't reach the emotional spikes of her best early work, but in a way it is more articulate than her rich, exhausting "Beloved" (1987). Oprah Winfrey has already tapped [...]

    12. My experience with Toni Morrison books has not always been easy - I find her style difficult to understand and enjoy. It's like being abandoned into the middle of a busy train station in a foreign city without any understanding of the language or your destination, and suddenly being privy to the thoughts of all those people swirling around you. I put this book down several times since the first time I started it - and even read 3 or 4 books in between. When I finally got to the last 100 pages - [...]

    13. I started reading this book because it is Black History Month and I thought it was appropriate to finally, after years of good intention, mark it in some way with my reading. Conveniently, I've been wanting to read something by Toni Morrison, and have often lifted her books from my shelf, examined the cover and read the back, but they've always been put back. I was never brave enough. The weight of reputation around her persona - and around some of her books - is heavy. I went with Paradise for [...]

    14. I don't think I can say anything intelligent about this novel without a stronger background in women's & Black lit. There are many stylistic choices which gave me pause, whose purpose may be hidden to me by my capital-p privilege. I have foremost in mind the constant revision of established narrative, where we revisit the past from a new perspective and change, cloud, clarify our perception of particular events. Not to say that women's lit is the only tradition to capitalize on multiple poin [...]

    15. This is one of those books that is probably a masterpiece, but to which I could not find the right access.They shoot the white girl first. With the rest they can take their time.These first two sentences are - I think - a strong entry into a novel. Together with the blurb they have convinced me to buy the book. The crime is described in the first chapter, and the rest deals not so much with the question who committed it, but why. Why did the nine men from the small town of Ruby decide to savage [...]

    16. I've never been able to pinpoint the reason I love this book.After three reads, endless highlights, dog-eared pages, and notes in the margins I've found peace with Ruby and its inhabitants. Many think this book failed because Morrison tried to insert too many questions, themes, and allegory into it, but I think that's where it shines. Morrison's depth is downright impressive in her ability to weave such weighted layers in this novel.On my first read I came out with a tenuous understanding of wha [...]

    17. I didn't write my review of this right away, as I was still trying to decide exactly how I felt about this book. It was very difficult to read and about half way through, I went online to read other readers' takes on it. Either people loved it or they hated it. If they loved it, they had read it two or three times and read/watched numerous interviews with the author as she explained her themes, just so they could understand it. I am willing to explore deeper meanings in a book, but it has to be [...]

    18. This book was selected by one of my professors, an expert in African American literature who has published a couple of books of his own, for a 400-level college lit class. On the first day that we started this book, he walked in, sat it down on the table in front of him, and said, "I hadn't read this book in a while. I couldn't remember if I liked it or not. I don't think I do."A week later, I knew I didn't. Morrison has long been lauded for her evocative lyricism, but here more so than in her o [...]

    19. I picked this book up at a Friends of the Library sale and didn't give it much thought It was a mild read, somewhat sad, somewhat rich.I actually finished the book a week ago and the last chapter has got me still milling over whether I think it's a masterpiece or a flop. Any book that still has me thinking a week later should probably get more than 3 stars I might just re-read that last chapter and see if I get it this time.

    20. 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 welcome and peace and love, and in this book, I think that is what the founders of the town Ruby wanted to create, at a safe distance from racism and related violence vertical and horizontal…But the folks in power are too rigid in defining and seeking to enforce their idea of paradis [...]

    21. 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 page 19; Oprah asked Morrison what the poor woma [...]

    22. This is the fifth of Morrison's books that I've read, and like all the others, it is beautiful. I find it hard to rate Morrison's work in the 5-star system, because in comparison to most books by other authors, Morrison would almost always deserve 5. When I compare her books to each other, I can't go as high as a 5 for most of them because I don't feel they are quite as good (perfect) as Beloved. Paradise is a dystopian novel. It may not seem like it at first--it doesn't transport us into some d [...]

    23. It's funny, I've tried to get many of my friends to read this book and they all start and then stop, while I've read it twice (I rarely read books more than once, even if I really like them).I just loved the complexity of this non-linear book. Each chapter is devoted to the main women in the novel, including the town itself, Ruby. Ruby is an all-black town in OK, founded by freed slaves. This is a town that prides itself on its history and on its racial purity among other things. It is these bel [...]

    24. This book has THE BEST opening chapter I have ever read. I HATED the ending. I was mad at Morrison who refused to provide answers to the ending. Basically, she said if the reader doesn't get it then the reader doesn't deserve to be helped/given the answers.

    25. Staggering, epic, layered, and incredibly engrossing. Nobody tells a story quite like Toni Morrison.Paradise, Morrison's first novel post-Nobel is a bit of a departure from her earlier output. Most noticeably, the breadth and scope of the story are among the most ambitious and complex of her career up to this point. The town of Ruby, Oklahoma and all its many inhabitants are the focus of this story and their relationship-turned-violent conflict with the women of the mysterious Convent, located s [...]

    26. Paradise has its head in the clouds but its feet planted firmly in character, which grounds a plot that becomes increasingly strange as the page count climbs. I wasn't aware that this was one in a trilogy; I picked it up because my wife had gotten it from the library and enjoyed it. I have read Beloved, and I wasn't a huge fan, but that was also years ago, and Paradise has inspired me to revisit it.Anyway, it's fantastic. Slowly paced but pretty tightly plotted for a book that doesn't really hav [...]

    27. Sentances dense with poetry, atmospheric character development, magical realism (I think). In that Toni Morrison way the puzzle pieces come together at the end in a way that gratifies the slow read, the thorough adsorption of details. Her way of writing theorizes the bigger phenomena (post-slavery politics, colorism, revolutionary movements) in the small town places and people left outside of history and analysis.

    28. I'm not giving this book any stars because, to be honest, I don't really understand what I just read! There were moments of beauty in this book -- pearls of exquisite writing -- but I just could not follow the story line let alone make sense of the greater meaning. I'll be discussing this with some friends who I hope can enlighten me!

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