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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This had the potential to be one awesome book, but Gurnah ruined it. In Aziz’s easterly journey to the Congo, Jacobs says that Gurnah is challenging the dominant Western images of the Gurnsh at the turn of the twentieth century that continue to pervade the popular imagination. Each week, our avdulrazak 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.
Posted by Nathaniel Mathews at Gurnah has an immense gift for using understated language to call up vivid imagery—there’s no overblown description here, no moralising, and parafise reader nonetheless gets a strong sense of the region whi This is a seemingly simple Bildungsromanset in east Africa in the years before the First World War—but beneath the coming of age story of Yusuf, a slave sold by his father to settle a debt, lies a complex exploration of slavery, religion, cultural interactions, colonialism, innocence and honour.
I tell you they’re determined.
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 clos A book that offers a glimpse into a desperate life as a hostage and slave to the world: His family ‘pawn’ him to a merchant to whom they owe money, who takes him on a trading trip. The uncle owns a store in a coastal city and is a trader in the days of year-long pack-animal caravans into the heart of Africa the lakes around where modern-day Congo and Uganda meet.
Mar 16, Simona Pierrovskaia rated it liked it. In Tanzania, or Tanganyika, it was the Germans.
Oct 03, Carol rated it really abrulrazak it Shelves: The novel was very captivating and I enjoyed reading the novel especially as it depicted the richness of the culture and an era of the past. Maybe I could have another day, another time, a different place and mood, but gurnsh I was reading this in April for the Around the World in 12 Books ChallengeI’ve run out of time and must admit defeat. It’s also about religion – namely Islam, seeing as the people converted to it long before the Europeans arrived – and paradise as a garden is the highest level of heaven in that religion.
The characters use a variety of languages including Arabic, German and English; the lingua franca is Swahili. The blurb on the back promises a multilayered novel with “sheer, poetic, minimalistic language” Tapi itulah “paradise” baginya dan bukan taman indah bagai surga milik saudagar yang selama ini mengikatnya.
It occurred to me at some point that this could very well be an African style of storytelling, which I struggled with hurnah I’m so used to a European, or western style of storytelling. Despite lacking some structural sophistication, Professor Abdulrazak’s novel is nonetheless written in a beautiful and easy reading prose.
It brings change and upheaval, and fear of that change, but also a different concept of justice, which is to the characters benefit. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dark arts, disease, power struggles, overlapping tongues, utter misery and abject dissolution of self and culture. Through Abdulfazak innocent, uneducated apradise we get glimpses and snippets of the presence of Germans, Belgiums and Brits, though most of the time the locals don’t even know – or care – what country they’re from.
Mar 06, Destiny rated it really liked it. Dan yusuf tidak sendirian, ada Khalil, temannya yang avdulrazak bernasib sama. It was only towards the end that I noticed that Yusuf, the main character, may have been inspired by Yusuf Joseph the prophet, where his life was similar to a certain extent. In the mountain country north of here they’ve driven off even the fiercest peoples and taken their land.
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See 1 question about Paradise…. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He works in his uncle’s shop with Khalil an older boy in a similar situation.
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize now the Man Booker Prizethis story about a boy called Yusuf who 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. Please provide an email address. What would you do? Man Booker Prize Nominee Cities are growing, populations are moving, merchants are trading and selling, and colonialists from many countries are vying for influence.
Coming-of-age, Exploration, Historical, Literary. This is a seemingly simple Bildungsromanset in east Africa in the years before the First World War—but beneath the coming of age story of Yusuf, a slave sold by his father to settle a debt, lies a complex exploration of slavery, religion, cultural interactions, colonialism, innocence and honour. People are rarely all good or all bad and the characters in this story gain and lose the readers sympathy depending on how they behave towards others.
Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah. Gurnah has an immense gift for using understated language to call up vivid imagery—there’s no overblown description here, no moralising, and the reader nonetheless gets a strong sense of the region which would later become Tanzania at the turn of the twentieth century. I am certain he will become a great one. I’m pretty sure there are more layers to this book than are apparent on a first reading.
Paradise is the story of an adolescent boy, Yusuf, in early 20th century Tanzania. Dan aktifitas itu kemudian membuatnya didekati oleh istri si saudagar yang terpesona dengan kerupawanannya. Uncle Aziz takes him on one of his trading expeditions through what is now Tanzania and we encounter jungle, strange and wonderful people; Yusef stays with a trading partner of Aziz for a time, where his growing attractiveness continues to be a problem. This novel alternates between the beauty of African life, culture, love, brutality and the horrors of slavery in East Africa.
There are some really interesting themes that occasionally pop 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” Everyone else accepts their serfdom: