On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport from Zanzibar, a far away island in the Indian Ocean. With him he has a small bag in which. By the Sea [Abdulrazak Gurnah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport. Close reading of By the Sea. Chelsea Haith. The analysis is of the following paragraph from Abdulrazak Gurnah’s By the Sea (The New Press.

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Make a tax-deductible donation today Donate Today! Sorry, Not Sorry Robin D. The novel is a reinvention as much as a remembrance of things past, with the author as latter-day Shahrazad, staving off the reader’s final judgment.

Oct 25, Katie added it.

I haven’t been disappointed! The sea of the title is both the literal sea that Saleh lives beside – first the Indian Ocean, then the sea off a nameless English seaside town – and the sea-as-metaphor, profound, protean. And towards the end it grew to become compassionate.

They are united in England years later, where one seeks asylum while the other is a professor of Literature. May 21, purplemagnolia rated it liked it. Really damn good, in fact Interviews with Contemporary Writers.

And also I liked the low-key approach to the seemingly dramatic events. Overall, an enjoyable read save the sappy editing.

You are being both misled but also left at the gudnah of the vagaries of memory.


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By the Sea Abdulrazak Gurnah No preview available – The book is full of explicit allusions to Bartelby the Scribe: The temptation to read one character or the other as “the author’s alter-egos” is abdulrazzk.

I was learning to resist drawing the curtains and flooding the room with light, just so as to expel the gloom of that slow leaden onset of night.

As order broke down in Zanzibar after it gained independence from Britain, Latif accepted a scholarship to study in the former East Abdklrazak, escaping soon after to Britain. From one anecdote to the next, the intervention of yet another protagonist, the story of seduction and betrayal continues to unravel.

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Sign gurnsh here to receive your FREE alerts. He used to own a furniture shop, have a house and be a husband and father, but now he is an asylum seeker from paradise; silence his only protection. This is the story of two men from Zanzibar who arrive in the UK as refugees, as told by them meaning two narrators.

So Gurnah offers Kevin Edelman up as a caricature, then gently mocks us for accepting this slick skin of dumbness: He used to own a furniture shop, have a house and be a husband and father. He used to own a furniture shop, have a house and be a husband and But like the young man that the main character tells his story to, I almost didn’t want to finish.

Nadia rated it liked it Jul 30, We are the Sultan before Scheherazade asking for more stories, like a vital need, a question of life and death. Much of the book is Saleh telling Latif the real story of this feud; style is unusual as the story is told like a story rather than as narrative. The only weakness, I felt, was that in the second half there’s a lot of ‘tell’ which had the effect of distancing me from the characters.


This was a clever and engaging story. At what point did you change from feeling ambivalent to gripped? Aug 13, Barbara rated it liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. It is a story of love, betrayal, of seduction and of possession, and of a people desperately trying to find stability amidst the maelstrom of their times. From the first word you have the sense that the author is a man born to write, unusual though his style may be.

This is not as strange as it sounds, nor is it an unheard of thing. You might have noticed the absence of paywalls at Boston Review. We also hear directly from Saleh and Latif of some of their own stories.

Feb 24, Sophie Zanoon rated it really liked it. Saleh Omar is a 65 year old from Zanzibar. So those things drew me to the book initially. The story embedded nicely yesterday with today. We are committed to staying free for all our readers.

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