Children of Paradise

Children of Paradise

Acclaimed novelist, playwright, and poet Fred D’Aguiar has been short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize in poetry for Bill of Rights, his narrative poem about the Jonestown massacre, and won the Whitbread First Novel Award for The Longest Memory. In this beautifully imagined work of literary fiction, he returns to the territory of Jim Jones’s utopian commune, interweaving magical realism and shocking history into a resonant story of love, faith, oppression, and… (more)

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Editorial reviews (4 reviews)


We may have a natural tendency to distance ourselves from events, like Jonestown, that we don’t understand, but D’Aguiar reminds us that we only need to scratch the surface to find a little bit of ourselves beneath.

Despite the fact that the fate of Jones­town is well known — and I spent years researching my own nonfiction book on the tragedy — the end of “Children of Paradise” was still raw and powerful enough to make me weep.

The author provides insight into the psyche of cult members, but it’s still puzzling why any person would blindly follow such destructive directives.


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Publisher: Harper (February 18, 2014)

Language: English


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