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A Discussion ofToni Morrison s ParadiseBy Mo SaidiParadise is the story of a mythical town, which is founded and inhabited by freedmen and freedwomen A narrator with total grasp of the characters feelings, thoughts, and backgrounds tells the story in the third person voice In this less than stellar work by Toni Morrison, the author uses mythical and metaphoric language to describe a paradise turned around and torn apart by corruption and war.The novel is set in 1997, but it travels through several eras first to a period shortly after World War II, when the all black town Ruby was founded by blacks, then further back to earlier times when Haven was founded by a band of former slaves in Oklahoma It depicts a story of Exodus Wandering ex slaves searching for a home, a paradise to settle and a desirable community of their own to live in.The people of Ruby also experience, though only second hand, the changes that America went through in 1970s student uprising, rioting in the streets, police brutalities, and cities dangerous for young blacks than war zones Safer than anywhere in Oklahoma outside Ruby Safer in the army than in Chicago, Safer than Birmingham, than Montgomery, Selma, than Watts Safer than Money, Mississippi, in 1955 and Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963 Safer than Newark, Detroit, Washington, D.C She had thought war was safer than any city in the United States But Ruby changes and becomes a center of a murderous plot against a small group of unconventional women in a former girls school named, the Convent Now the war erupts on their home front as nine black men go on a deadly hunt to destroy the four women and a baby of the Convent.Paradise is a novel, which reflects the bitter memories of the slavery, and of the reconstruction era An era that they can not bury or forget Deacon Morgan cut Sergeant Person off That s my grandfather you re talking about Quit calling him an ex slave like that s all he was He was also an ex lieutenant governor, an ex banker, an ex deacon and a whole lot of other exes, and he wasn t making his own way he was part of a whole group making their own way Toni Morrison reveals in Paradise how a relatively short and peaceful period in Ruby s history quickly gets replaced initially by the social unrest and then by a bloody civil war The novel should have been titled War not Paradise The description of paradise appears at the end of the novel, in the aftermath of the recent devastation, at a shore occupied by a woman presumably a mother who is black as firewood and is singing, and a younger girl, a daughter Around them on the beach, sea trash gleams Discarded bottle caps sparkle near a broken sandal A small dead radio plays the quiet surf They see Another ship, perhaps, but different, heading to port, crew and passengers, lost and saved, atremble, for they have been disconsolate for some time They have been brought to paradise and they will rest before shouldering the endless work. Paradise is set in the small town of Ruby Nine black founding fathers who felt ostracized in the white towns they lived in built Ruby to be a place where black people could freely pursue their own way of life This existence is threatened by a convent on the outskirts of town which has become a refuge where outcast women may heal.They are lot of themes to contend with in this book the oppressed becoming the oppressor, the war of the sexes, religion and its ability to divide instead of unite, complexion wars within the black community, small town politics, feminism, racism and genealogy I think Morrison should ve whittled it down to two or three themes so that certain themes weren t glossed over or she should have written a much longer book so each theme got the attention it deserved.Morrison s writing style can be difficult to read as she may not specify a character s name but just refer to them as he or she and the reader begins to wonder who she is referring to This may have been intentional and serve a deeper purpose but it can be confusing Morrison has a lyrical way of writing which is beautiful but can be a bit heavy handed and complicated especially when coupled with her love of symbolism.If you are looking for a rewarding challenge you should definitely read this book but be warned that it may warrant than one read to fully reap its rewards. I have mixed feelings about this book It s a very big book in that it takes a whole community and examined it under a microscope and the parallels with the whole world, society in general are obvious I had trouble keeping track of the characters there are so many of them and their relationships to each other, and felt perhaps a diagram of family trees might help However, I m in awe of the challenge of what Toni Morrison has done with this book There is an everyman everytown scale to this book I found Toni Morrison s writing style impressive often poetic, with very original imagery.However, it wasn t a particularly enjoyable book and I felt the author may be standing on a soapbox It s not an easy read, but a worthwhile one. It came in and I was stunned by how gorgeous it was Beautiful hard bound copy with textured pages and gold leaf accents on the cover under the dust jacket A stunning book.Also the novel is really amazing. They Shoot The White Girl First With The Rest They Can Take Their Time So Begins Toni Morrisons Paradise, Which 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 On Race, Religion, Gender, And A Far Off Past That Is Ever Present