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Evening in Paradise


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Why do you think the entire collection was named after the story, "Evening in Paradise"?

Created: 11/04/19

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Posted Nov. 04, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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Why do you think the entire collection was named after the story, "Evening in Paradise"?

Why do you think the entire collection was named after the story, "Evening in Paradise"?


Posted Dec. 02, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
peggyt

Join Date: 08/10/17

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RE: Why do you think the entire collection was named after the story, "Evening in Paradise"?

The story is emblematic of the 1960’s, referencing the making of the movie, Night of the Iguana with Ava Gardner and Richard Burton. Several of the main characters in some of the other stories show up in this story. Finally, the ending really packs a punch. You go, Maya. Plus, the title is just plain catchy.


Posted Dec. 03, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
cathyoc

Join Date: 04/26/17

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RE: Why do you think the entire collection was named after the story, "Evening in Paradise"?

I thought after reading the information about the author that this story was the most biographical, it captured the romance of an era. It also was one of my favorites with so many characters and vivid imagery. As Peggy pointed out, it is a great name!


Posted Dec. 06, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Lole

Join Date: 11/30/19

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RE: Why do you think the entire collection was named after the story,

First we have Hernan who had a father figure watching out for him as he made a satisfying life for himself in PV. Hernan's bar is a microcosm of Berlin's world: the community who drank at the Oceano brought in a mix of flirtation and sex, alcohol and drugs, romance and treachery, the innocent and the world weary, plus humor. And then we get Liz and Burton. This story gives us a peek into each of the others in the collection.


Posted Dec. 09, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dorinned

Join Date: 10/13/14

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RE: Why do you think the entire collection was named after the story, "Evening in Paradise"?

This was one of my favorite stories in the collection. The title is catchy, and perhaps the author liked it best too and thus named the collection after the story.


Posted Dec. 12, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dianaps

Join Date: 05/29/15

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RE: Why do you think the entire collection was named after the story, "Evening in Paradise"?

No clue. I thought the title was misleading.


Posted Jan. 23, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Elizabeth Marie

Join Date: 05/26/18

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RE: Why do you think the entire collection was named after the story, "Evening in Paradise"?

When I read the story, Evening in Paradise, I thought the title was ironic. On the surface, the bar and the city itself seem like a beautiful getaway, a tropical paradise for tourists and residents, alike. By the end of the story we see the ugliness and even the introduction of the drug trade into paradise. The reader senses that the evening or the end of paradise is right around the corner. That theme shows up in a number of the other stories as relationships, childhood and the “good times” draw to a close.


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