It’s been such a pleasure to read Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah. The novel is quite well-known in the West, having been shortlisted for the. Paradise [Abdulrazak Gurnah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A finalist for the Booker Prize, England’s highest honor for works of. Tales are told of what lies beyond the known world: seas that freeze, a wall built by the giants Gog and Magog, the earthly paradise with its.

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But apart from that, I always find it fascinating to read abou I enjoyed reading this book despite some negative reviews I found in Goodread.

Maybe I could have another day, another time, a different place and mood, gurnaah 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.

Gurnah has an immense gift ;aradise 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 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.

Kisah diawal novel menggambarkan impian tentang tempat didunia yang seindah paradise. A story that examines the African swahili culture from its social aspects by presenting the different ethnic races that make it and their day to vurnah struggle. Through the eyes of Yusuf, Gurnah depicts communities at war, trading safaris gone awry, and the universal trials of adolescence.

This tale is set in Kenya but that is never revealed except by knowledge of some of the place names in the story. They return to the uncle’s home after some time and Yusef’s beauty continues to be a problem. Mar 06, Destiny rated it really liked it. There is much talk of the encroaching Europeans and a good deal of sexual teasing of Yusuf, whose physical beauty makes him an object of desire.

Digambarkan sebagai tempat berupa taman yang cantik, dan keindahan alam. But what was that order previously? Return to Book Page. Oct 03, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: Coming-of-age, Exploration, Historical, Literary. As I said, I don’t want to put anyone else off reading this. Yusuf is young when he has to leave his family in order to become a rehani, a sort of hostage held in order to repay his father’s unpaid debts to a rich merchant, the man who he calls Uncle Aziz but that sooner or later will become only the seyyid master.


I have most of his books and they were very worth reading. As Yusuf journeys into the interior with the merchant, Aziz, and a large retinue of porters and guards, conversation and descriptions of landscapes become more and more about, well, paradise. Apr 28, Maura pagadise it it was ok Shelves: A fabulous novel that really talks to the reader; the protagonist is someone you can truly sympathise with even if you have not which is likely experienced anything close to the trauma of his childhood.

Print hardcoverpaperback. It is a book to savour. That is true about all of us, but especially true about women. Gurnah is a very fine writer.


For the rest of us, not much to see here. 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: I hated just how unoriginal his main character was.

Mar 24, Siria rated it really liked it Shelves: May 09, Catherine rated it really liked it Shelves: Even with my limited knowledge of the Koran, there were obvious similarities with the story of The Prophet.

This novel alternates between the beauty of African life, culture, love, brutality and the horrors of slavery in East Africa. Where I struggled was with the prose. The plot if pretty much non-existent, but there are some interesting characters in the book that carry you along on the various stories.

Learning about the world: Zanzibar – Gurnah’s Paradise

Man Booker Prize Nominee His unexpected decision ends the book abruptly, almost breathlessly, but somehow completely appropriately. Digambarkan sebagai tempat berupa taman Shortlisted for booker price and whitbred prize. I am cer Paradise is at once the story of an African boy’s coming of age, a tragic love story, and a tale of the corruption of traditional African patterns by European colonialism.


Paradise is a story of a young Yusuf’s life after being pawned by a merchant to pay off his father’s debt. Yusuf doesn’t receive any schooling and isn’t paradlse attended to. To ask other readers questions about Paradiseplease sign up. He then goes on a journey with Aziz and his trading caravan and has further adventures.

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Aib dan bahaya mengancam Yusuf. Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah. A skirmish or two with their weapons and the matter of possession is settled.

Jun 20, Danny rated it it was amazing. The story ends with a part of Kenyan history which was new to me; that of German seizure of key port cities.

The clash of cultures is delicate, subtle and quite beautifully rendered, and entirely from the perspective of the Africans grnah least up to where I read in the days before the Europeans brought their own war to African soil.

A passioned, and disenchanted book wtitten in comparative way with Hearth of Darkness, where the Darkness is – more that the inner part of the country – the obscure custom of slavery and fatalism of the precolonial word that, in the end, according to the acute analisys of the narrator, shades off in the slavery to the White man.

Ada misi menyebarkan agama di dalamnya. Yusuf bekerja secara gratis kepada si Saudagar alias menjadi budak secara sukarela. It presents a major African voice to American readers – a voice laradise prompted Peter Tinniswood to write in the London Times, reviewing Gurnah’s previous novel, “Mr.

All I can say it was a great piece of literature in english from a Son of Zanzibar. Jun 04, Lolilu added it. Posted by Nathaniel Mathews at Retrieved from ” https: Lonely planet praadise book for Tanzania.