Trade Ed. Random House Audio 1998
CS ISBN $25.95 Four cassettes
With this recording of her new novel, Nobel Prize-winning author Morrison continues to amplify her written work with her oral interpretations. Paradise is the fifth novel she has recorded. (Previously heard are Sula, Jazz, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon.) Her readings are essential adjuncts to her literature as her voice and emphasis are keys to the lyrical ambiguity of the texts. Morrison’s compelling voice unfurls her narrative of an all-black town in America in the 1970’s, tracing the history of the town and four women through generations of cultural differences. The rhythm of her voice accentuates the interplay of fantasy, history and relationships. The ebb and flow of Morrison’s energy lulls, then compels the listener. Morrison’s interest in the recording of her work affirms the role of the audio format in the appreciation of literature. R.F.W. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB 98]
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