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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His journeys in Paradise mirror two processes which bound the interiors of Eastern Africa to the Western Indian Ocean–one a process of the migration often via slavery and subsequent Islamization of upcountry Africans, and the other a venturing into the interior as far as Eastern Congo by armed bands of Swahili-Arab traders.

All I can say it was a great piece of literature in english from a Son of Zanzibar. I have most of his books and abdulraak were very worth reading. Wonderful book that I have recommended to friends constantly. Over the years, the blog has become a platform for theological and philosophical commentary on racism, whiteness, Christianity, Islam and world history. Tanzania, United Republic of.

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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 merchant to trade goods deep inland.

Mar 16, Simona Pierrovskaia rated it liked it. 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.

But the whole adds up to less than the sum of its parts. Gurnah has an immense gift for using understated language avdulrazak call up vivid imagery—there’s no overblown description 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 an exceptionally beautiful boy and a very sensitive observer who cries at visions he sees in his dreams.

A novel which begins as a beautifully realized coming-of-age story develops into a story of high adventure, social and political realism, and eventually love. It tells the story of a teenage boy who grows up in a society which is changing. Ugh I hate not finishing books! This had the oaradise to be one awesome book, but Gurnah ruined it.

The boy and his uncle are Moslems; the young man who runs the store and takes charge of the boy is Indian; the interior folks have traditional African religions. Ada misi menyebarkan agama di dalamnya.

I liked it a little better than “petals of blood”, because it had a swifter-moving plot. Be the first to discover new talent! Jan 15th, by mary.

A most impressive author! Tapi itulah “paradise” baginya dan bukan taman indah bagai surga milik saudagar yang selama ini mengikatnya. In Aziz’s easterly journey to the Congo, Jacobs says that Gurnah is challenging the dominant Western images of the Congo at the turn of the twentieth century that continue to pervade the popular imagination. Dan aktifitas itu kemudian membuatnya didekati oleh istri si saudagar yang terpesona dengan kerupawanannya.

However, this book completely failed to entertain me, and I found little to appreciate in the writing. 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. Jul 10, Kevin Pedersen rated it liked it Shelves: As I said, I don’t want to put anyone else off reading this.


Yusuf selalu tertarik meluangkan waktu untuk merawat dan menjaga keindahan taman “paradise”nya. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Those stories stay with us for a long time, and the magic of the prose lingers on in our heads – as do the images.

Alurnya memang sangat datar. The Indian Ocean has been called the ‘cradle of globalization’ and in our globally interconnected world, there is a need for spaces which discuss the impact of economic and social globalization and its impact on local culture. The Europeans are very much a background threat until the end; an ominous absence. Larger cultural issues, and the setting itself, are difficult to see through the forest of minutiae.

It is a book, a story, a journey which will stay with you, I am sure for many months if not years to come. Paperbackpages. However this is all about corruption; the worm in the abdu,razak, the rotting fruit.

East Africa is in turmoil—on the verge of World War I and the fighting which eventually develops between the Germans in Tanzania and the British in Kenya. He works in his uncle’s shop with Khalil an older boy in a similar situation.


I loved the writing and there were sentences that made me stop and read them several times over. Yusuf is beautiful, and passionate, and idealist.

Don’t you know that? It’s also about religion – namely Islam, seeing as the people converted to it long before the Europeans arrived – and paradise gkrnah a garden is the highest level of heaven in that religion.

Not much happens other than the development of the main character Yusuf.