Paradise is Abdulrazak Gurnah’s great novel. At twelve, Yusuf, the protagonist of this twentieth-century odyssey, is sold by his father in repayment of a debt. Paradise [Abdulrazak Gurnah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A finalist for the Booker Prize, England’s highest honor for works of. Or perhaps paradise is the garden he has tended? This, Abdulrazak Gurnah’s fourth novel, is many-layered, violent, beautiful and strange.
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When you have Zanzibar as the backdrop to a book you’d expect wonders given it’s rich culture and history. A novel which begins as a beautifully realized coming-of-age story develops into a story of high adventure, social and political realism, and eventually love.
It brings change and upheaval, and fear of that change, but also a different concept of justice, which is to the characters benefit. Mar 29, Riris Fadilah rated it did not like it Shelves: Dark arts, disease, power struggles, overlapping tongues, utter misery and abject dissolution of self and culture. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Yusuf bekerja secara gratis kepada si Saudagar alias menjadi budak secara sukarela.
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At the age of 12, Yusuf is taken away from his home by Aziz, a rich merchant, in payment for a debt of his father’s. I have most of his books and they were very worth reading.
They want the whole abulrazak. The boy and his uncle are Moslems; the young man who runs the store and takes charge of the boy is Indian; the interior folks have traditional African religions.
Be the first to discover new talent! Wonderful book that I have recommended to friends constantly. Retrieved from ” https: The result is a page-turning saga that covers the same territory as the novels of Isak Dinesen and Praadise Boyd, but does so from a perspective never before available on that seldom-chronicled part of the world.
He then goes on a journey with Aziz and his trading caravan and has further adventures. Gurnah accurately captures the ambigous status of Yusuf as grows up on the eve of European colonial rule, and searches for a girnah out of his dependency. Finally he understands that the seyyid and the White man are the same, and that, at least, following the White man he won’t feel as hypocrite as following the seyyid. That is true about all of us, but especially abdukrazak about women. I wish that he had written more books.
The uncle owns a store in a coastal city and is a trader in the days of year-long pack-animal ca A historical novel set around WWI in East Africa, modern-day Kenya and Tanzania, then the area around Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Gurnah’s description of landscape was vivid, but the pace of the story was excruciatingly slow. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Disconcerting, uncomfortable, a constant sense of impending change, disaster and mystery.
Paradise (Abdulrazak Gurnah) – Wikipedia
Dan aktifitas itu kemudian membuatnya didekati oleh istri si saudagar yang terpesona dengan kerupawanannya.
Over it all hangs the crowd of encroaching European colonialism. Tembok penjara sebenarnya ada di pikiran.
Light on story but long on literary-ness. Paradise is a historical novel by Abdulrazak Gurnah. His unexpected decision ends the book abruptly, almost breathlessly, but somehow completely appropriately.
They return to the uncle’s home after some time and Yusef’s beauty continues to be a problem. One of his adventures including a long and xbdulrazak trading mission A satisfying read.
PARADISE by Abdulrazak Gurnah | Kirkus Reviews
Europeans arrive on the scene as strange, ugly creatures with parqdise growing out their ears and a bewildering sense of authority; ethnic and racial divisions criss-cross each community and reveal the history of trade and human migration that have shaped the region for hundreds of years; resistance, adaptation, and cooperation mark varied responses to the incursion of European economic goals into older systems.
Want to Read saving…. It is a book, a story, a journey which will stay with you, I am sure for many months if not years to come. Coming-of-age, Exploration, Historical, Literary.
I felt immensely distant from the actual story, by not the words per se but the structure of the sentences. The end is completely baffling if you do not see it.