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Paradise by Toni Morrison (review ) Raj, Toni Morisson (ogled )

First of all, let me say that I have an immense respect for Toni Morrison. Besides being a brilliant novelist, she is a very important activist for African American community and a powerful feminist figure. I do believe that her work as an advocate for a interpretation of history that is more fair and truthful in the context of African American situation in USA is very important.  Furthermore, I consider Toni Morrison to be an exceptional woman, a remarkable person and a wise soul. She is one of those writers I would love to meet in person. 

Prvo, moram naglasiti da imam ogromno poštovanje prema Toni Morrison. Osim što je vrsni romanopisac, ona je i jako važna aktivistica za Afričko-američku zajednicu i snažna feministička figura. Vjerujem da je njen rad kao borca za razumijevanje povijesti koje je poštenije i bliže istini u kontekstu položaja američkih crnaca u SAD-u vrlo važan. Nadalje, smatram da je ona izvanredna žena, nevjerojatna osoba i jako mudra duša. Ona je jedna od onih pisaca koje bi htjela upoznati uživo. 


Paradise is my second novel by Toni Morrison. Prior to it, I have read only Beloved. I read Beloved as a student and reading it was such a breath-taking and heart-breaking experience for me. When I started reading Paradise, I was expecting another Beloved but I couldn't have been more wrong. Having read three of her novels so far ( Beloved, Paradise and Jazz) , I can state that every one of them is remarkably unique. I did a mini review of Jazz on my insta account, you can read it here. All of Morrison's novels that I have read so far explore similar subjects, but there is absolutely no repetition in them. Most of all, Morrison’s novels are all superb masterpieces with an amazing set of characters and masterful narrative. All of her novels have great psychological and emotional depth.

Raj je drugi roman ove autorice koji sam pročitala, a prije  njega pročitala sam samo Voljenu još dok sam bila student i čitanje toga romana je bilo iskustvo koje je oduzimalo dah i lomilo srce. Kada sam počela čitati Raj, očekivala sam roman sličan prvom, ali nisam se mogla više prevariti. Sada kada sam pročitala tri njena romana ( Voljena, Raj i Jazz), mogu reći da je svaki od njih zadivljujuće jedinstven. Napisala sam par redaka (svojevrsni minijaturni ogled) o Jazz-u na svom instagramu ,možete pročitati tu. Prije svega, romani Morrison su vrhunska remekdjela s divnim likovima, vrsnom pričom i velikom psihološkom i emotivnom dubinom. 


I know I'm writing in superlatives and singing praises, but I can't help it if this woman is an intellectual giant as well as an incredibly talented writer. In addition, I really feel that she puts her heart and soul in every book she writes. Her language is pure magic. Her language is powerful and enchanting. Her characters are more than credible; they have the tendency of getting deep under our skin. Reading her novels can be quite an intense experience, but I'm not a type to shy away from difficult books, nor have I ever been. I do light reading from time to time, but mainly I see reading as nourishment for my heart and soul.

Svjesna sam da pišem u superlativima i hvalim ju, ali što mogu kada je ova žena intelektualni div kao i nevjerojatno talentirana spisateljica. Uz to, stvarno imam dojam da  ulaže srce i dušu u svaki roman koji napiše. Njen jezik je čista magija. Njen jezik je snažan i očaravajući. Njeni likovi su više nego uvjerljivi, oni imaju tu sklonost da vam se uvuku duboko u dušu. Čitanje njenih romana zna biti jako intenzivno iskustvo, ali ja nisam tip koji bježi od teških knjiga, niti sam to ikad bila. Čitam ja i lagano štivo povremeno, ali većinom na čitanje gledam kao na hranu za dušu i srce.



Paradise was published in 1997 and it is often mentioned how it is the first novel Morrison published after winning the Nobel Prize for literature. According to the author itself, Paradise completes a trilogy that includes two of her other novels I was fortunate enough to read, Beloved and Jazz. As for the time period, Paradise is set in modern times (fifties and sixties of the last century) but when it explores different characters, it flashes back and forth in the past that is earlier than that. The story is set in imaginary city Ruby set by black people in an effort to protect themselves against racism and limitations existing for African American people in USA

Raj je izdan 1997. godine i često se spominje kako je to prvi roman koji je Morrison izdala nakon osvajanja Nobelove nagrade za književnost. Sama autorica kaže da je Raj kraj trilogije koja uključuje i druga dva njena romana koje sam imala sreće pročitati, a to su Voljena i Jazz.  Ovaj je roman smješten u moderno vrijeme (pedesete i šezdesete godine prošlog stoljeća, ali ima puno digresija i u raniju prošlost). Priča je smještena u izmišljeni grad Ruby koji je osnovala grupa crnaca u pokušaju da se zaštite od rasizma i ograničenja koje postoje za Afroamerikance u SAD-u. 
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Ruby can be seen as an attempt of creating Eden, a new and untouched place that will be free from horrors of the past. A lot of interesting questions are being raised as a consequence of the mere act of establishing this town. Can we ever really escape the past? Should we at least try? What the past truly is? All the families and the individuals that make those families, all the people living in this isolated town are very fascinating, as is their community as a whole. Nevertheless, the novel is not only about them. Near the city there is an abandoned catholic convent where a ground of outcast women has found a place for themselves.  The tension between the outside world represented by the convent and the enclosed city is the driving force between most of the conflicts taking place in this novel. However, author shows us that it is only the surface. As always in life, the inner conflicts are the true driving force between outside conflicts. Furthermore, the women in the convent are also refugees from the outside world and they have also sought isolation and established a community of their own. Their reasons for escaping the outside world are just as important as those of town’s people. Morrison does a great job of giving us a very personal view into a soul of every woman in that convent. Moreover, she is such a masterful story teller. The way she connects all the stories is simply perfect.


Ruby se može vidjeti kao pokušaj stvaranja Edena, novog i nedirnutog mjesta koje će biti slobodno od strahota prošlosti. Puno je zanimljivih pitanja tu postavljeno kao posljedica samoga čina osnivanja toga grada. Možemo li ikada zaista pobjeći prošlosti? Trebamo li barem pokušati? Što  je doista prošlost? Sve obitelji i pojedinci od koji ih sačinjavaju, svi koji žive u ovoj izoliranom gradu su jako zanimljivi,  kao što je i njihova cijela zajednice. Međutim, ne radi se tu samo o njima. Blizu grada postoji napušteni katolički samostan gdje je grupa žena odbjeglih od društva pronašla mjesto za sebe. Napetost između vanjskoga svijeta koji predstavlja samostan i zatvorenoga grada je sila pokretnica iza većine sukoba u ovom romanu. Ipak, spisateljica nam pokazuje da je to samo površina. Kao uvijek u životu, unutrašnji sukobi su prava sila pokretnica iza vanjskih sukoba. Nadalje, želje u samostanu su također izbjeglice iz vanjskog svijeta i one su isto tražile izolaciju i osnovalae svoju zajednicu. Njihovi razlozi za bijeg iz vanjskog svijeta su jednako važni kao i oni ljudi iz grada. Morrison je izvrsno uspjela dati nam vrlo osobni pogled u dušu svake od tih žena u samostanu. Nadalje, ona je tako sposobna ispričani priču na pravi način. Način na koji povezuje sve priče je jednostavno savršen. 


 Paradisethis novel whose opening and last chapter are about a massacre is not about violence. It acknowledges the violence and the conflicts that exist in most of us, but it does so without taking away from us (or the characters in the novel) our humanity. Yes, there is a great deal of violence in this novel, both emotional and physical, both inflicted by one character to another and by many characters to themselves. Nevertheless, it is not about violence.  Like all masterpieces it is about many things. For me personally, this novel is about the power of love and survival. This novel opens and closes with bloodshed, but in between lies the explanation and the story that is as profound as life itself.  "They shot the white girl first...", says the infamous first paragraph. Morrison herself said she wanted to start off the novel with race but eradicated it by never making it known who the white girl is.  What I like most about the novel is how it focuses on women characters. I even felt that just reading this novel empowered me as women. I was especially fascinated by the women living in the convent, by their weaknesses and strengths. This group of dysfunctional women is not idealized in any way, they are full of flaws and some of them are struggling with a mental illness but their connection to one another and their inner strength makes them almost mystical figures. 

Raj, taj roman čije prvo i zadnje poglavlje opisuje masakr, pa tako roman počinje i završava masakrom nije roman o nasilju. On priznaje nasilje i sukobe koji postoje u svakom od nas, ali to čini bez da nam ( ili likovima u romanu)  oduzme ljudskost. Da, ima dosta nasilja u ovom romanu, emotivnoga i fizičkoga,  nasilja koje čine likovi jedni drugima ili mnogi od njih i sami sebi. Ipak, ovaj roman nije o nasilju. Kao i sva remek djela, on je puno toga. Za mene osobno, ovaj roman je o  snazi ljubavi i preživljavanju. Ovaj roman počinje i završava krvoprolićem, ali između leži objašnjenje i priča koja je duboka kao sam život. "Prvo su upucali bjelkinju.....", kaže paragraf koji otvara ovaj roman. Morrison je sama rekla da je htjela započeti roman rasom, ali onda to izbrisati tako da se ne zna koji  je lik zapravo bjelkinja. Ono što mi se najviše sviđa kod ovog romana je usmjerenje na ženske likove. Osjećam da me samo čitanje ovoga romana osnažilo kao ženu.  Posebno su me opčinili likovi žena u samostanu, njihove slabosti i snage. Ova grupa disfukcionalnih žena prikazana je bez uljepšavanja, pune su mana, a neke pate i od psihičkih bolesti, ali njihova međusobna povezanost i njihova unutrašnja snaga ih čini skoro mističnim figurama.
long puffer/ duga jakna: no name/nije markiran
bag/torba: posuđena/ borrowed
tights/tajice: DM
shoes/ cipele: Šimecki

****These photographs were actually taken in March, but I only managed to find them now. This review wasn't difficult to write  and by that I mean it was easy to be inspired to write a review about such a fantastic book (although the process of writing did take me quite some times) because this book is still so vivid in my imagination, I feel like I have read Paradise only yesterday, while in fact I read it months ago.

****Ove fotografije su zapravo uslikane u ožujku, ali sam im tek sada pronašla. Bilo je lako napisati ovaj ogled, pri tome mislim da je lako biti nadahnut za pisanje ogleda kada je tako fantastičan roman u pitanju (iako je samo pisanje ogleda duge trajalo) jer je ova knjiga još veoma živa u mojoj mašti. Imam osjećaj da sam  jučer pročitala Raj dok sam ga zapravo pročitala prije nekoliko mjeseci.

Comments

  1. Toni Morrison is a Fantastic human being! Love and love yout coat dear! Have a great week :)
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    1. thank you Marisa. Isn't she amazing?
      I love this puffer coat too, it's so warm.

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  2. So pretty! And nice illustrations!
    xoxo
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  3. I love the illustrative. U look fab with the layered coat.
    Happy Holidays
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  4. You look so gorgeous with the layered jacket, love your shoes and bag <3
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  5. Non conoscevo questa autrice! Me la segno:)

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  6. You look so classy Ivana. Loved your detailed post.
    Have a great week! xx

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  7. Potpuno se slažem! Žena je legenda <3

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    1. hvala:) da, baš je legenda, to je prava riječ.

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  8. Ne znam ni sama kako se ranije nisam dokopala njenih knjiga, ali znam po što iduće idem u knjižnicu :D

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    1. stvarno su joj duboke knjige, nadam se da će ti se svidjeti.

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  9. I am glad that you are able to spend some of your time with such a great literary work dear. Haven't read her works yet but I'm pretty sure she's one great writer. I do have my muses too and I also hope to meet them someday. I hope we will be able to meet our favorite writers..hmm next year perhaps? heehhehe

    love lots,
    Tin

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  10. Belle foto, stai benissimo, bello il piumino! Mi piacciono molto le illustrazioni!
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  11. You look so beautiful dear! That coat looks great on you!

    ARedLip&Love

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  12. Love these softer colors on you, Ivana. Thx for review. I hope your Christmas was filled with joy, love, laughter and lots of presents.
    xox
    Lenya
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    1. thank you Lenya....My Christmas was alright. No material presents but enough nice moments with family:)

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  13. Che bello il piumino e carinissime le illustrazioni!
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  14. So lovely! Hope you have a wonderful new year!


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  15. Le illustrazioni sono sempre fantastiche.Tu sei sempre così chic ed elegante.
    Un bacione cara
    Ale
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  16. Fantastic coat dear, you look fantastic, and I think its really warm. I dont know this writer, but she must be wonderful woman. I need to look at her books, your post is so intresting !!

    Happy week dear <3
    kisses

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  17. You look gorgeous Ivana! Will have a read up on your book <3 :)

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  18. so so great ilustrative dear :-) and I like your shoes so much :-)

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  19. This looks like a wonderfully cosy coat on you Ivana and it's so nice to see how your illustrations are developing over the months! I look forward to seeing how your art becomes in 2016 :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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  20. che bello il piumino Ivana
    buon lunedì
    un bacione
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  21. You read the most interesting and deep books, I can imagine your huge variety of knowledge and you would be such a great person to talk to, Ivana!
    Not sure if you celebrate Christmas but if you do, I hope it was a good one! Happy new year, Ivana!

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    1. very sweet of you! I have always been very keen on reading.

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  22. Great post, I really enjoyed reading this!
    Best wishes,
    Camille xo
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  23. Wonderful drawings--I love to see what you have to present to us in terms of art! I love where it all came from, too. That coat is wonderful, and I hope you have an excellent rest of your week (and new years!!)

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    1. thank you so much...this drawing was inspired by her writings.

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  24. Great review Ivana! Sounds like an amazing read! Thanks for sharing!
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  25. Great illustrations and interpretation. I love your coat as well. I'm a fan of Toni Morrison. I enjoyed Beloved, and Jazz is also great, so good to hear that you read these. <3
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    1. good to hear you enjoyed them too! she is fantastic!

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  26. Devo leggere questo libro. Bellissime illustrazioni e bellissima tu inside out! Buone Feste! Happy Holidays! Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog - Valeria Arizzi

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  27. Great review! Have you seen Oprah Winfrey's film adaptation of Beloved? Great movie as well. I have not read this particular book by Toni but sounds like a good read!

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    1. I saw only 15 minutes of that film, but the casting seems good, it is probably a good film.

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  28. Great review, and a beautiful look as well!

    Adi xx
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  29. Un post genial, el look es ideal.
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  30. Oh great style darling
    happy Holidays
    xx

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  31. I love your coat darling!! You're so gorgeous! *-*
    Happy holidays! :*
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  32. It sounds like such an interesting book! I have to confess I'd never heard of it or the author before!

    I'm hoping that in 2016 I'll find more time for book reading, we will see how that goes, haha!

    Hope you had a merry Christmas!

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  33. That is one of those books I tell myself I must read but knowing what i do about it, I cannot bring myself to do so. Of course I have lost interest in reading in general lately. Other media has stolen my attention greatly these days. Wonderful review and a beautiful portrait.

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    1. thank you Shamu, they are not easy to read, that is true.

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  34. Love your outfit Ivana! Have a great day ahead!

    Stay in Style
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  35. she's a really talented writer. I only read one book of hers though. I love how comfy that jacket looks!

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  36. Sorry for the absence, Ivana. My son has just enlisted into the army for 2 years & my schedule is now haywire. Lol! You look great as always! Merry X'mas, babe! xoxo

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    1. hi Shirley...2 years? that sounds so long...happy holidays!

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  37. You look amazing, i don't know this author, really interesting post!
    smack
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  38. Uvek nam jako lepo predstavis interesantne knjige, bas me zainteresujes da ih sto pre pronađem i sa uživanjem pročitam :-)
    Jaknica je divna i deluje toplo,taman za zahlađenje vremena koje nam sledi.
    Cmok

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    1. hvala, trudim se kad već preporučam neku knjigu da nešto smisleno i zapišem.
      :)

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  39. Wow, this is such an incredible, in-depth review! You definitely made me want to check out Morrson's novels. :) Paradise sounds like an amazing, emotional book! Thank you for introducing us to this wonderful author. <3

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  40. Really nice outfit and amazing illutration!:)
    xxM
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  41. The draws are amazing
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  42. Non lo conoscevo, devo cercarlo subito in biblioteca! Grazie per questi spunti ;)

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  43. Ottima review:) un bacione

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  44. śliczna kurteczka! z tym futerkiem wygląda fantastycznie :)

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  45. Toni Morrison is a really remarkable and touching author. Thank you for your brilliant reviews!

    Once again, you look wonderful! Your long puffer with the fur collar is very pretty.

    xxx Nadine

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