Posted by: JulieAloha | November 11, 2018

Paradise by Toni Morrison: Admissions Reading Challenge 3 – Book 5

November 11, 2018

I had a really rough time getting into this one; the story is given to the reader in little glimpses of the aftermath of an event which rocked a town, then the narrative slowly, grudgingly unfolds and becomes clearer in the voices of the people involved. It’s a painful story of anger and power and secrets and pain. There’s love and betrayal, kindness and cruelty, generosity and greed and everything in between in a town called Ruby and the nearby manse known as the Convent. Perhaps the characters were too real, too extreme for my comfort, but for the most part I just didn’t like them, I couldn’t identify with them or their choices. Not a very fun read, though perhaps an important one in order to see the world from a different viewpoint.

Points: 17.0; Current Point Balance: 56.5

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