MONDAY BOOK REVIEW
“Paradise” by Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer winning author and “Paradise” is one of her many bestselling books. That being said, it is not an easy book to read, especially at first. Each chapter is named for a different woman who is a pivotal character in this convoluted tale.
The book starts out with violent murders and the reader has no idea where it is taking place or why. Eventually the story winds around to a town settled by black Americans who hope they are building their paradise. It turns out to be anything but that.
Many of the names are difficult and characters blend together in a stew that eventually goes from simmer to boil. This book has racial tension, social issues and sexual intrigue.
Overall all I give it a 4.5 score out of 5. I believe that a writer as talented as Morrison could have told this fascinating story with less frustration for the reader.