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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On The Cover: Paradise by Toni Morrison


Here's  what's on the cover of the book 'Paradise' by Toni Morrison.

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

'NOT SINCE HER FELLOW NOBEL LAUREATE WILLIAM FAULKNER HAS A WRITER POPULATED A FEW ACRES WITH SO MUCH RICHNESS AND DESOLATION.' - Observer

TONI MORRISON'S LATEST LITERARY TRUIMPH....

PARADISE is structured around eight chapters, each bearing a woman's name. Each adding a different point of view to the narrative. It's set in RUBY, a fictitious black town founded by proud, racially pure men who emerged from the fight against slavery only to find there was yet another hierarchy - this time based on gradations of skin colour - to keep them down. Yet the myth of Ruby's own racial genealogy. Its piety and self-righteousness is fragile. And the women who skirt the town's boundaries, preferring to take refuge in their own company, threaten to blow it apart.' - FIONA MORROW, Time Out

'In challenging complacencies and opening up new spacces in American narrative fiction, (Morrison) has no peer.' - MAYA JAGGI, Independent

'A breathtaking new masterpiece by this much loved author....Exploring the cultural, religious and racial clashes that exist in American society. This is a wonderfully absorbing story.' - KATE FIGES, Elle

'Morrison's themes - race, faith, love, sex - may be universal. But her best writing stems from the particular. Making this a novel that is at once deeply serious and unexpectedly beautiful.' - MELISSA DENES, Harper & Queen

'PARADISE is the strangest and most original book that Morrison has written...It symbolically explodes one of the myths of race. And it is Morrison at her novelistic best.' - LOUIS MENAND, New Yorker

'PARADISE is superbly well made, effortless in its range but tightly focused and powerfully real. Wearing its mission lightly.' - JAN DALLEY, New Statesman'


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