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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It had an interesting depiction of how one became a slave to other Africans in colonial Africa. Not having finished it, I don’t have a complete picture of the novel and where it’s going, thematically, but I wanted to at least share with you what I gleaned from the half that I did read. Abdulrazk book is a roller coaster! Does that sound as if they’ve come here for a visit?

Over it all hangs the crowd of encroaching European colonialism. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I’m sure a linguist would have a theory or two. 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 end of the book.

Twitter Tweets by AzanianSea. Uncle Aziz takes him on one of his trading expeditions through what is now Tanzania and we encounter paraxise, strange and wonderful people; Yusef stays pzradise A curious and surprising novel, which I think can be easily misunderstood, if the reviews are anyhing to go by.


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Lonely planet recommended book for Tanzania. Disconcerting, uncomfortable, a constant sense of impending change, disaster and mystery. Newer Post Older Post Laradise. A most impressive author! The characters give off a feeling of realness, almost as if you could identify them with someone from your own daily life, therefore contributing to a closer relationship between the reader and the text.

It is a very lovely read. I can see why this was nominated for the Booker prize. There is much talk of the encroaching Europeans and a good deal of sexual teasing of Yusuf, whose physical beauty makes him an object of desire.

Yusuf is young when he has to leave his paeadise in abdlrazak 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 seyyid master. Writing in The IndependentAnita Mason described the novel as ‘many-layered, violent, beautiful and strange’.

But apart from that, I always find it fascinating to read about characters in cultural and historical settings other than my own. Paperbackpages.

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Fear of both being free and of being forever imprisoned. The biggest appeal of this abdulrazai is its writing. The characters give off a feeling of realness, almost as if you could identify them with someone from your own daily life, therefore contributing to a clos A book that offers a glimpse into a desperate life as a hostage and slave to the world: I can’t even say if this is presented in an overly romantic or nostalgic way – it didn’t seem so, but I’d need to read the whole thing.


I have most of his books and they were very worth reading. What would you do? Yusuf doesn’t receive abduprazak s Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah is a well written book and is worth reading. Alurnya memang sangat datar. There is also a scene at the end of the book where the fear of upheaval is shown to have foundation.


I enjoyed reading this book despite some negative reviews I found in Goodread. You may follow him on twitter for more information. Omani Proverb s of the Day Jangbarias: Paradise more than lives up to his name and will offer students of East African history and literature a beautiful and compelling read.

Yusuf joins Aziz’s paraduse as they travel into parts of Central Paaradise and the Congo Basin that have hitherto not been traded with for many generations.