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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At twelve, Yusuf, the protagonist of this twentieth-century odyssey, is sold by his father in repayment of a debt. 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.

I am certain he will become a great one.

Paradise is a little book about a boy named Yusuf who grows into manhood in East Africa. Don’t you know that?

Man Booker Prize Nominee He works in his uncle’s shop paraidse Khalil an older boy in a similar situation. 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.

This book is one of those journeys that should pardise read and discussed, and is not just wonderfully told and entertaining, but necessary. This is a well written book, which is worth reading slowly and savouring.


Paradise Abdulrazak Gurnah No preview available – Oct 03, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: New PressJan 30, – Fiction – pages. I’m not going to finish this book. Syukurlah bagian akhir buku ini mengobati kebosananku dari kedataran ceritanya. Coming-of-age, Exploration, Historical, Literary.


The Azanian Sea: Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah

The name is derived from the famous 8th century travel document the Periplus of the Erythrean Sea and refers to the coastal areas of the Indian Ocean adjacent to Africa. Dengan keistimewaan dan jalan hidup yang mirip dengan kisah Nabi Yusuf. Views Read Edit View history. May 1, Available in: I’m pretty sure there are more layers to this book than are apparent on a first reading. Namun Yusuf merasa terdesak dengan hutang budi ketika Sang Saudagar, baginya ,pemberian maaf itu berselubung dengan penghambaan seumur hidup, di simbolkan penulis dengan anjing yang memakan kotoran majikannya.

Yusuf is an exceptionally beautiful boy and a very sensitive observer who cries at visions he sees in his dreams. I would definitely read more of this authors work. Aib dan bahaya mengancam Yusuf. The Europeans are very much a background threat until the end; an ominous absence.

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.

Dec 25, Ruqaiya Said rated it paaradise was ok Shelves: Lalu kenapa judulnya “paradise”?. This was the opposite of that, for me. It presents a major African voice to American readers – a voice that prompted Peter Tinniswood to write in the London Times, reviewing Jun 18, Paul rated it paradisw liked it Shelves: Gurnah has an immense gift for using understated language to call up vivid imagery—there’s no overblown description here, no moralising, and the reader nonetheless gets a strong sense of the region whi This is a seemingly simple Bildungsromanset in east Africa in the years before the First World War—but beneath the coming of age story of Yusuf, a slave sold by his father to settle a debt, lies a complex exploration of slavery, religion, cultural interactions, colonialism, innocence and honour.


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. Take this snippet of conversation between Kalasinga, a Shiekh Indian who lives almost like a local and is accepted by themand Hussein, a shop keeper who lives in a village halfway up the mountain: You know how sometimes you read a story that you loved and you say something like, it drew me in or I got lost in the story or even the more dull, I couldn’t put it down.

DNF I rarely do this, but I have to face facts: Poverty at home is such that the boy looks forward to a bone in his soup, so moving to the coastal city may be an improvement. I enjoyed reading this book despite some negative reviews I found in Goodread.