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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The novel follows the story of Yusuf, a boy born in the fictional town of Kawa in Tanzania at the turn of the Twentieth century. Luckily, it was as satisfying as I’d hoped. He works in his uncle’s shop with Khalil an older boy in a similar situation.


Oct 13, Kate rated it really liked it. Archived from the original on Dan aktifitas itu kemudian membuatnya didekati oleh istri si saudagar yang terpesona dengan kerupawanannya.

I suspect that does Tanzania a disservice, however, as no country could possibly be as boring as ;aradise. 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. Dark arts, disease, power struggles, overlapping tongues, utter misery and abject dissolution of self and culture.

Ketika semua orang di desa memilih mengurung diri bersembunyi dari orang Eropa yang terkenal kejam, Yusuf memilih kebebasannya.

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. 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: Tanzania, United Republic of.

Set during a time of European expansion in Africa – sometime before WWII, judging by the descriptions of the German’s silver cross flag after the war, Africa was divided up paradsie clearly by the Europeans but before it, places like Tanzania saw several different colonisers – I picture them mapping their way through the land, deciding which bits they want based on the natural resources available – paradide place that wasn’t quite Tanzania yet is on the cusp of losing its pre-colonial identity.


Jul 10, Kevin Pedersen rated it liked it Shelves: 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 paraduse are anyhing to go by.

Gurnah’s description of landscape was vivid, but the pace of the story was excruciatingly slow. Abdulraazk Gurnah was born in in Zanzibar and lives in England, where he teaches at the University of Kent. Enjoyable read paracise asked more questions than I initially thought it would. 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.

There is also a scene at the end of the book where the fear of upheaval is shown to have foundation. Paradise more than lives up to his name and will offer students of East African history and literature a beautiful paradies compelling read.

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.

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Yusuf is beautiful, and passionate, and idealist. The ending was so abrupt that I was astonished. Unfortunately, the book is written in a plodding style and Yusuf is a non-entity, without personality or goals to keep the reader’s interest. A finalist in 4 for both the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award, Paradise hides major themes and ideas within the seemingly simple story of Yusuf, a twelve-year-old boy in rural East Africa whose father sells him to a trader to settle a debt.

I was speechless when I finished reading Paradise not out of amazement but disappointment. That is the meaning of honour. Perjalanan hidup Yusuf kemudian membuatnya ter”buang” dari keluarga, dan berhenti di sebuah rumah saudagar yang memiliki taman yang indah.

May 09, Catherine rated it really liked it Shelves: A young boy is pawned off, by his parents, to a merchant, to cover the father’s debt. Early in the story Yusuf is pawned in exchange for his father’s owed debt to Aziz and must work as an unpaid servant for the merchant. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.


Alurnya memang sangat datar. People are rarely all good or all bad and the characters in this story gain and lose the abdilrazak sympathy depending on how they behave towards others. They chased them away as if they were children, without any difficulty, and buried some of their leaders alive.


This is the background to the story, but added to it are some memorable characters and locations. Yusuf is taken from his home by his “Uncle” as repayment of his father’s debts. Coming-of-age, Exploration, Historical, Literary. Ada misi menyebarkan agama di dalamnya. Even with my limited paradisw of the Koran, there were obvious similarities with the story of The Prophet.

Those stories stay with us for a long time, and the magic of the prose lingers on in our heads – as do the images. There is discussion of differences abfulrazak the various gods.

The characters use a variety of languages including Arabic, German and English; the lingua franca is Swahili. 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. Be the first to discover new talent! Light on story but long on literary-ness.

Paradise is a story of a young Yusuf’s life after being pawned by a merchant to pay off his father’s debt. Yusuf helps out in a store the merchant own’s. I am now encouraged to find the two that I have not read:

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