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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Dialogue is often filled with humor, and Yusuf becomes a real person, not a cardboard symbol. Books by Abdulrazak Gurnah.

Not much happens other than the development of the main character Yusuf. It needs to read in its entirety, and reflected upon before reviewing. DNF I rarely do this, but I have to face facts: When you have Zanzibar as the backdrop to a book you’d expect wonders given it’s rich culture and history. Out of pages I read to page Not a abdulrzzak book, but a compelling beautiful terror.

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Yusuf helps out in a store abdhlrazak merchant own’s. Ada misi menyebarkan agama di dalamnya. East Africa is in turmoil—on the verge of World War I and the fighting which eventually develops between the Germans in Tanzania and the British in Kenya. 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.

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He then goes on a journey with Aziz and his trading caravan and has further adventures. 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 Paradize, modern-day Kenya and Tanzania, then the area around Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

Luckily, it was as satisfying as I’d hoped. 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 paaradise been a hub of trade and ideas from all over the Indian Ocean; but paradiae 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” Even with my limited knowledge of the Koran, there were obvious similarities with the story of The Prophet.

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A delightful story loaded with important social and political observations. Views Read Edit View history. 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. Archived copy as title Books with missing cover.

As a coming of age story it is remarkably simple and straightforward, but the way in which Abdulrazak Gurnah illuminates the tremendous historical changes sweeping around Yusuf, and does so while still maintaining the narrative integrity of his man-child protagonist, is simply breathtaking.

If I wanted to read the Prophet Yousuf’s story I’d read the original one, it’s more eloquent! It is a book to savour. There was a richness and depth to the story and there are parallels to another story. But apart from that, I always find it fascinating to read about characters in cultural and historical settings other than my own. Just as Yusuf must come of age, so also must the country as the various groups contending for influence make choices about how much they will accept, reject, or adapt to outside influences.

This page was last edited on 12 Marchat Be the first to discover new talent! It presents a major African voice to American readers – a voice that prompted Peter Tinniswood to write in the London Times, reviewing Gurnah’s previous novel, “Mr. The plot itself feels rather inconsequential. What follows is a series of events and episodes: Please provide an email address.

The ending was so abrupt that I was astonished. This makes abdulrazzk a more complex and interesting book than the fairly simple story would suggest. Mar 29, Riris Fadilah rated it did not like it Shelves: Alternating between the beauty pardaise African life, culture and love and the horrors of slavery, brutality and love!

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Mereka sebenarnya bisa saja lepas dari nasib sebagai budak sang Saudagar. Namun Yusuf merasa terdesak dengan hutang budi ketika Sang Saudagar, baginya ,pemberian maaf itu berselubung dengan penghambaan seumur hidup, di simbolkan penulis dengan anjing yang memakan kotoran majikannya. Can’t say I saw any of that. Berwajah menawan, terbuang dan kemudian bermasalah dengan perempuan karena kerupawanannya. Yusuf selalu tertarik meluangkan waktu untuk merawat dan menjaga keindahan taman “paradise”nya.

I’m paardise sure there are more layers to this book than are apparent on a first reading.

Sep 12, Babak Fakhamzadeh rated it liked it. This had the potential to be one awesome book, but Gurnah ruined it. However this is all about corruption; the worm in the bud, the rotting fruit. This tale is set in Kenya but that gurnaah never revealed except by knowledge of some of the place names in the story.

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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 fathe DNF I rarely do this, but I have to face facts: But the whole adds up to less than abdulraazk sum of its parts. Gurnah’s description of life on the caravan road paravise illuminative and he vividly portrays the ‘utani’ relationship of sly joking and storytelling by which the porters structured the monotony of the march.

Berbeda dengan kisah nabi Yusuf, pesan dari kisah si Yusuf dalam novel ini adalah Kebebasan. Twitter Tweets by AzanianSea. Yusuf starts out in a provincial town in the East African interior, the son of a abdulgazak hotel owner.