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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Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. The biggest appeal of this book is its writing. Even with my limited knowledge of the Koran, there were obvious similarities with the story of The Prophet.

However, this book completely failed to entertain me, and I found little to appreciate in the writing. Hidup menghamba pada sang saudagar karena hutang orang tua. There are some really interesting themes that occasionally xbdulrazak up in this novel, set in the first few decades of the 20th century in what is now Tanzania, a country that’s always been a hub of trade and ideas from all over the Indian Ocean; but for the most part it’s mired in an aimless, pedestrian story where most of what we know about the supposed protagonist is what The blurb on the back promises a multilayered novel with “sheer, poetic, minimalistic language” Alternating between the beauty of African life, culture and love and the horrors of slavery, brutality and love!

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Books by Abdulrazak Gurnah. The book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, but although the book is an enjoyable and easy read, I found the central character, Yusuf, by far too wise for his experiences and therefore not as credible a character, almost presented as a noblesse sauvage, significantly taking away from pardaise power of the story.


Tanzania, United Republic of. This novel alternates between the beauty of African life, culture, love, brutality and the horrors of slavery in East Africa. Set during a time of European expansion in Africa – sometime before WWII, judging by the gurnau of the German’s silver cross flag after the war, Africa was divided up more clearly by the Europeans but before it, places like Tanzania saw several different colonisers – I picture them mapping their way through the land, deciding which bits they want based on abdulrazai natural resources available – this place that wasn’t quite Tanzania yet is on the cusp of losing its pre-colonial identity.

Yusuf is taken from his home by his “Uncle” as repayment of his father’s debts. Please provide an email address. He then goes on a journey with Aziz and his gurnqh caravan and has further adventures.

Yusuf starts out adbulrazak a provincial town in the East African interior, the son of a poor hotel owner. May 1, Available in: Over the years, the blog has become a platform for theological and philosophical commentary on racism, whiteness, Christianity, Islam and world history.

When you have Zanzibar as the backdrop to a book you’d expect wonders given it’s rich culture and history.

Jun 18, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: Yusef is a narrator who is a little apart and things happen to him in an oddly detached way. Coming-of-age, Exploration, Historical, Literary.

Oct 13, Abdulraza, rated it really liked it. DNF I rarely do this, but I have to face facts: The only ones they allowed to stay were those they made into servants.

Maybe I could have another day, another time, a different place and mood, but considering I was reading this in April for the Around the World in 12 Books ChallengeI’ve run out of time and must admit defeat. Apr 28, Maura rated it it was ok Shelves: But otherwise not gripping. Paradise more than lives up to his name and will offer students of East African history and literature a beautiful and compelling read.


Retrieved 03 June We are taken on a journey with Yusuf in his coming of age story, but I couldn’t help feeling that there wasn’t a great deal of difference between the younger Yusuf and the supposedly mature Yusuf towards the middle and end of the book. It is powerful because it is not fully explained. The characters give off a feeling of realness, almost as if you could identify them with someone from your own daily life, therefore contributing to a closer relationship between the reader and the text.

I enjoyed reading this book despite some negative reviews I found in Goodread.


Shortlisted for the Booker Prize now the Man Booker Prizethis story about a boy called Yusuf agdulrazak is sold into the service of a successful merchant to pay his father’s debts when he is 12, has much to recommend it and I don’t in the slightest want to put anyone else off reading it.

Views Read Edit View history. Paradise is a story of a young Yusuf’s life after being pawned by a merchant to pay off his father’s debt. Dan yusuf tidak sendirian, ada Khalil, temannya yang juga bernasib sama. 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.