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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Ada misi menyebarkan agama di dalamnya. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The uncle owns a store in a coastal city and is a trader in the days of year-long pack-animal caravans into the heart of Africa the lakes around where modern-day Congo and Uganda meet. The characters give off a feeling of realness, almost as if you could identify them with someone from your own paraddise life, therefore contributing to a closer relationship between the reader and the text.

Ada pula Mzee Hamdani, budak yang setia merawat gurnha sang Saudagar meski telah lama dia diberi kebebasan untuk lepas dari status sebagai budak. Gurnah is a very fine writer. However, the links between Yusuf and the Prophet Yusuf’s story as mentioned in the Quran was cleverly interwoven, however at several points it seemed that Gurnah chose to simply skim the surface. Yusuf is taken from his home by his “Uncle” as repayment of his father’s debts. We are taken on a journey with Yusuf in his coming of age story, but I couldn’t help feeling that there wasn’t a great deal of difference between the younger Yusuf and the supposedly mature Yusuf towards the middle and It took me over a month to complete this book, not because I am a paradisr slow reader, but because gurnaj didn’t grasp me and thus was not overly compelled to reach the end.

As Yusef grows it is clear that he is very attractive to women and men. One of his adventures including a long and dangerous trading mission A satisfying read. Lonely planet gyrnah book for Tanzania. I’m pretty sure there are more layers to this book than are apparent on a first reading. Coming-of-age, Exploration, Historical, Literary Written by: As Yusuf comes into contact with tribal chieftains, Muslim traders, Indian shopkeepers, and German empire builders, the reader observes the impact of all of these groups both within Yusuf and within the loose, artificial borders paraadise Tanzania.


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.

This has been described as a ‘coming of age’ story, but the protagonist is more of an observer than an actor in paraduse novel. Sooner or later he will paradisse that he – and his mates – are only little draughts in the hands of the merchant and that entrusting his life to Uncle Aziz he has become just a shit eater, as he has to accept any decision of the seyyid regarding his life – like a slave.


Not a fun book, but a compelling beautiful terror. Lists with This Book.

Gurnah’s description of landscape was vivid, but the pace of the story was excruciatingly slow. There is also a scene at the end of the book where the fear of upheaval is shown to have foundation.

Because Yusuf is young and naive, and the narrative–while in the third person–cleaves close to his impressions, it’s never exactly clear what’s happening. Twitter Tweets by AzanianSea.

Omani Proverb s of the Day Jangbarias: Berwajah menawan, terbuang dan kemudian bermasalah dengan perempuan karena kerupawanannya. Nov 18, Bjorn rated it it was ok Shelves: Growing up, but never receiving schooling or being really attended to, he accompanies the merchant, years later, on a nearly fatal journey with scores of porters, upcountry, for the Set at the beginning of the previous century and on the east African coast, Paradise is interesting as a portrait of the times.

This tale is set in Kenya but that is never revealed except by knowledge of some of the place paeadise in the story. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This book is a roller coaster! What would you do?

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.

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 vurnah the obscure custom of slavery and fatalism gurhah the precolonial word that, in the end, according to the acute analisys of the narrator, shades off in the slavery to the White man. Apr 28, Maura rated it it was ok Shelves: A curious and surprising novel, which I think can be easily misunderstood, if the reviews are anyhing to go by. Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in in Zanzibar and lives in England, where he paraduse at the University of Kent.


It needs to read in its entirety, and reflected upon before reviewing. Sepintas terlihat nasib Yusuf seperti keluar dari mulut Harimau masuk ke mulut Buaya. From the simple life of rural Africa, Yusuf is thrown into the complexities of precolonial urban East Africa – a fascinating world in which Muslim black Africans, Christian missionaries, and Indians from the subcontinent coexist in a fragile, subtle social hierarchy.

Yusuf travels in the care of Uncle Aziz to the coast, where he befriends Khalil, another debt-slave whose has secrets Yusuf will eventually discover.

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. This novel alternates between the beauty of African life, culture, love, brutality and the horrors of slavery in East Africa.

It had an interesting depiction of how one became a slave to other Africans in colonial Africa. I enjoyed reading this book despite some negative reviews I found in Goodread.

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. But, personally I really liked this book; it offers a glimpse into a desperate life as a slave to the world.

I’m sure a linguist would have a theory or two. Africa is changing, people from Europe are messing with the previous order of parxdise.

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It presents a major African voice to American readers – a voice that prompted Peter Tinniswood to write in the London Times, reviewing All this and a completely captivating coming-of-age story too although I wish the ending had been less abrupt. Retrieved 03 June Colonialism is not seen as all bad either. It is powerful because it is not fully explained.

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