The writing is eloquent, the structure is distracting. I read *Beloved* years ago and found it soul-touching. I found *Paradise* too scattered to feel touched by it. I will reread the book and hope for more, but I resent the need to read it multiple times to "get it". Reading *Paradise* I sense that Ms. Morrison has a plethora of deeply emotional issues within her and she seeks an avenue to express them. I would love to meet her and have her lend voice to the characters. Perhaps I should have just "read" the audiotape.
As a cat lover, I found this compilation of poems/songs wholly accurate and entertaining. I loaned the tape to my mother who, in turn, loaned it to may aunt, who loaned it on, etc. I miss it! Therefore, I have found my way to Amazon for the sole purpose of obtaining another copy!