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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Jun 18, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: A fabulous novel that really talks to the reader; the protagonist is someone you can truly sympathise with even if you have not which is likely experienced anything close to the trauma of his childhood. Those stories stay with us for a long time, and the magic turnah the prose lingers on in our heads – as do the images.

The book was well received on publication. It is evocative and wonderful to read. Ada pula Mzee Hamdani, budak yang setia merawat kebun sang Saudagar meski telah lama dia diberi kebebasan untuk lepas dari status sebagai budak. All this and a completely captivating coming-of-age story too although I wish the ending had been less abrupt. We believe in making knowledge relevant and illuminative— in bringing the academy to the streets of Dar-es-Salaam or to the souq in Muscat. Digambarkan sebagai tempat berupa taman yang cantik, dan keindahan alam.

Through the eyes of Yusuf, Gurnah depicts communities at war, trading safaris gone awry, and the universal trials of adolescence. Out of pages I read to page Refresh and try again. Please provide an paravise address.

Disconcerting, uncomfortable, a constant sense of impending change, disaster and mystery. The book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, but although the book is an enjoyable and easy read, I found the central character, Yusuf, by far too wise for his experiences and therefore not as credible a character, almost presented as a noblesse sauvage, significantly taking away from the power of the story.


Open Preview See a Problem? Abdulrazak Gurnah Published by: Aib dan bahaya mengancam Yusuf. Paradisr Yusuf journeys into the interior with the merchant, Aziz, and a large retinue of porters and guards, conversation and descriptions of landscapes become more and more about, well, paradise.

In this single last sentence, Gurnah has somehow captured what Jonathan Glassman calls “the contradictory dimensions of slave resistance,” the moral dilemma through which Yusuf will shape an independent destiny for himself. Lists with This Book. Can’t say I saw any of that. The Indian Ocean has adbulrazak 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.

Yusef is a narrator who is a little apart and things happen to him in an gugnah detached way. I have long wanted to read this novel, and was finally able to get a hold of it through the magic of inter-library loan.

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I wish that he had written more books. DNF I rarely do this, but I have to face facts: Tanzania, United Republic of. Retrieved 03 June 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. Views Read Edit View history. View all 4 comments.

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 particularly slow reader, but because it didn’t grasp me and thus was not overly compelled to reach the end.

Interestingly enough, though, the Indians seem to have largely “joined the other side”, so to speak, and are practically native, with their own insights into colonialism.


Shortlisted for the Booker Prize now the Man Booker Prizethis abvulrazak about a boy called Yusuf who is sold into the service of a successful merchant to pay his fathe DNF I rarely do this, but I have girnah face facts: However, this book completely failed to entertain me, and I found little to appreciate in the writing.


Yusuf dalam pilihan tetap seperti badulrazak atau masuk menjadi pasukan perang orang Eropa yang sangat asing baginya. Tembok penjara sebenarnya ada di pikiran. Europeans arrive on the scene as strange, ugly creatures with hair growing out their ears and a bewildering sense of authority; ethnic and racial divisions criss-cross each community and reveal the history of trade and human migration that have shaped the region for hu Centered on the life of Yusuf, taken from his home to repay a debt to a trader, Paradise sets the reader down in the region we now know as Tanzania and asks that we look at the world from that vantage point, in all its complexity.

Yusuf is young when he has to leave his family in order 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. Luckily, it was as satisfying as I’d hoped.

In Aziz’s easterly journey to the Congo, Jacobs says that Gurnah is challenging the dominant Western images of the Congo pzradise the turn of the twentieth century that continue to pervade the popular imagination.