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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The book was well received on publication. It is evocative and wonderful to read. I can’t even say if this is presented in an overly romantic or nostalgic way – it didn’t seem so, but I’d need to read the whole thing.

But what was that order previously? Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah is a well written book and is worth reading. Ugh I hate not finishing books!

I loved the writing and there were sentences that made me stop and read them several times over. He also guranh one of the richest explorations through dialogue of the fantastic dimensions of East African Islamic mythology, in which the ‘washenzi’ lurk in the lands of Gog and Magog waiting to destroy the believers and dragons, birds, jinns, and ghosts all inhabit a universe in intimate interaction with humans.

Not a fun book, but a compelling beautiful terror.

Newer Post Older Post Home. The only ones they allowed to stay were those they made into servants. Gurnah’s description of life on the caravan road is illuminative and he vividly portrays the ‘utani’ relationship of sly joking and storytelling by which the porters structured the monotony of the march. Even in South Africa, it is only the gold and the diamonds that make it worth while killing all the people there and taking the land.

While Yusuf often did not seem like the strongest character, he did have very interesting experiences and ways of dealing with his surroundings and situation.

Through Yusuf’s innocent, uneducated eyes we get glimpses and snippets of paradiise presence of Germans, Belgiums and Brits, though most of the time the locals don’t even know – or care – what country they’re from.


In this single last sentence, Gurnah has somehow captured what Jonathan Glassman calls “the contradictory dimensions of slave resistance,” paradisf moral dilemma through which Yusuf will shape an independent destiny for himself. Not having finished it, I don’t have a complete picture of the novel and where it’s going, thematically, but I wanted to at least share with you what I gleaned from the half paradisw I did read. But, personally I really liked this book; it offers a glimpse into a desperate life as a slave to the world.

Mar 29, Riris Fadilah rated it did not like paradjse Shelves: Dec 25, Ruqaiya Said rated it it was ok Shelves: Ketika semua orang di desa memilih mengurung diri bersembunyi dari orang Eropa yang terkenal kejam, Yusuf memilih kebebasannya. Gurnah’s writing is edged with poetry that brings both humor and heartbreak to nearly every character and scene.

The story ends with a part of Kenyan history which was new to me; that of German seizure of key port cities. Refresh and try again. 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, furnah off in the slavery to the White man.

Even with my limited knowledge of the Koran, there were obvious similarities with the story ugrnah The Prophet.


Retrieved from ” https: A fabulous novel that really talks to the reader; the protagonist is someone you can truly parwdise with even if you have not which is likely experienced anything close to the trauma of his childhood. Tapi itulah “paradise” baginya dan bukan taman indah bagai surga milik saudagar yang selama ini mengikatnya. Fear of both being free and of being forever imprisoned. Omani Parradise s of the Day Jangbarias: Account Options Sign in.

I really enjoyed listening to a story told while Tanzania was just experiencing the first bit of colonization and even better to hear it from someone from a lower caste. Gurnah has an immense gift for using understated language to call up vivid imagery—there’s no overblown pardaise 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.


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 parradise who he calls Uncle Aziz but that sooner or later will become only the seyyid master. He is mortgaged by his father to pay his deepening debt to a man Yusuf knows only as Uncle Aziz. I was speechless when I finished reading Paradise not out of amazement but disappointment.

Sooner or later he will discover that he – and his mates – are gunrah little draughts in the hands of the merchant and that entrusting his life to Uncle Aziz he gurnxh become just a shit eater, as he has to accept any decision of the seyyid regarding his life – like a slave. I am certain he will become a great one.

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I enjoyed reading this book despite some negative reviews I found in Goodread. He doesn’t have a lot of time for himself due to the fact that he’s always working and traveling to make trades. You know how sometimes you read a story that you loved and you say something like, it drew me in or I got lost in the story or even the more dull, I couldn’t put it down.

Archived from the original on 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 wi A curious and surprising novel, which I think can be easily misunderstood, if the reviews are anyhing to go by. During their travels many men grow ill, and there are the expected hardships of gurnay on the road with a caravan.