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 result is a page-turning saga that covers the same territory as the novels of Isak Dinesen and William Boyd, but does so from a perspective never before available on that seldom-chronicled part of the world. View all 4 comments. Tapi itulah “paradise” baginya dan bukan taman indah bagai surga milik saudagar yang selama parsdise mengikatnya.

Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah

The story is about 12 year old Yusuf, who is sold into slavery in repayment of his father’s debt. Gurnah’s description of landscape was vivid, but the pace of the story was excruciatingly slow.

Gurnah accurately captures the ambigous status of Yusuf as grows up on the eve of Paradisw colonial rule, and searches for a way out of his dependency. This has been described as a ‘coming of age’ story, but the protagonist is more of an observer than an actor in this novel.

Jun 04, Lolilu added it. He works in his uncle’s shop with Khalil an older boy in a similar situation. Jan 15th, by mary. Syukurlah bagian akhir buku ini mengobati kebosananku dari kedataran ceritanya.

Everyone else accepts their serfdom: Gurnah is a very fine writer.


paravise Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in in Zanzibar and lives in England, where he teaches at the University of Kent. Paradise more than lives up to his name and will offer students of East African history and literature a beautiful and compelling read. Account Options Sign in. I’m pretty sure there are more layers to this book than are apparent on a first reading.

The Azanian Sea The Azanian Sea was founded in as a web resource and online hub for gurnay, inspiration and informed commentary on the African presence in the Indian Ocean. Take this snippet of conversation between Kalasinga, a Shiekh Indian who lives almost like a local and is accepted by themand Hussein, a shop keeper who lives in a village halfway up the mountain: It’s about a story of Yusuf, ghrnah East African boy who was taken by his Uncle Aziz from his family to work for The only ones they allowed to stay were those they made into servants.


Can’t say I saw any of that. 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 pardaise master.

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. A fascinating book, which dovetails very nicely with the nonfiction reading in African history which I’ve been doing this semester.

Mar 24, Gurnwh rated it really liked it Shelves: He is mortgaged by his father to pay his deepening debt to a man Yusuf knows only as Uncle Aziz. All this and a completely captivating coming-of-age story too although Pararise wish the ending had been less abrupt.

His unexpected decision ends the book abruptly, almost breathlessly, but somehow completely appropriately. Gurnah writes in a way that is both highly evocative and descriptive yet almost spare, which gives the whole novel an intimate feel. Paradise is a story of a young Yusuf’s life after being pawned by a parradise to pay off his father’s debt. I can’t even say if this is presented in an overly gurmah or nostalgic way – it didn’t seem so, but I’d need to read the whole thing.

This novel alternates between the beauty of African life, culture, love, brutality and the horrors of slavery in East Africa. Lonely planet recommended book for Tanzania. No trivia or quizzes yet. Beautifully written but baffling story that seems to go nowhere.

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. 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.

It brings change and upheaval, and fear of that change, but also a different concept of justice, gurnahh is to the characters benefit.

Sep 30, LaYinka rated it liked it. Shortlisted for booker price and whitbred prize. 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 | Kirkus Reviews

Khayalan masa kecil membuat Yusuf terikat secara psikologis dengan taman tersebut. It needs to read in its entirety, and reflected upon before reviewing. 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.


Aib dan bahaya mengancam Paardise.

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 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 can see why this was nominated for the Booker prize. 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” 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.

DNF I rarely do this, but I have to face facts: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The story ends with a part of Kenyan history which was new to me; that of German seizure of key port cities. Newer Post Older Post Home.

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

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.

It is evocative and wonderful to read.