Paradise

Paradise Review

Hannah Luckraft sells cardboard boxes for a living. Her family is so frustrated by her behavior they can barely stand to keep in touch with her. Each day is fueled by the promise of annihilation, the promise of a reprieve, the paradise that can only be found in a bottle. When Hannah meets Robert, a kindred spirit, the two become constant companions. Together and alone Hannah and Robert spiral through the beauty and depravity of a love affair with alcohol. Paradise is a spectacular novel of desire and oblivion.

Title:Paradise
Edition Language:English

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  • Carol

    Extremely dark, and I remember being dissatisfied with the ending. However, the writing absolutely blew me away. I read a lot of fiction, and very little electrifies me the way this book did....

  • tish

    The first chapter of Paradise begins with Hannah, our narrator, in a hotel with no knowledge of why she's there, where she's going or where she's been. Pretty quickly you realize that she's an alcoho...

  • Allison Floyd

    GUPTGed at page 18 (pathetic, I know)! Hey, man, if I wanted to trawl the minutiae of the mind of a hair-splitting alcoholic, I would just think....

  • Jim Elkins

    A Memorable Book, Not ReviewedOn the confessional trauma scale, definitely a four-star book. Oh my God is this unpleasant. Smeary, spongy, oily, gritty: an inventory of the book's contents is like an ...

  • Lucy

    I really did enjoy this, but I am amazed by people describing it as 'a short book.' It didn't seem that way to me! It felt like really heavy going, that I could only take in a little bit it a time, so...

  • Penelly

    I'm so glad I decided to hunt down some female Scottish authors. Because I found this novel. I absolutely loved this. It's not long but I read it slowly because I wanted to savour the writing. Breatht...

  • Carolyn

    I could taste the alcohol on my tongue while reading this book. Don't start it without some liquid replenishment nearby.What I wrote about it in 2005:I can't even tell you how incredibly blown away I ...

  • Bobbi Steele

    This was an incredibly well written book. I enjoyed how Kennedy uses mental illness in a way that people can understand the main character still. It almost draws the reader into the story because the ...

  • Paula

    After reading A.L. Kennedy's "Paradise," I had the same feeling I had after seeing the movie Leaving Las Vegas: that I inhabited the world of an alcoholic and was elated that is one problem I do not h...

  • Poorvi Agarwal

    I have no idea why did I start it or chose to keep up with it but it was enough to boil my insides to an inferno the protgonist goes through out the book. .Shall be read when experienced or sensibilit...