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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The setting is precolonial north Africa. Alurnya memang sangat datar. 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.

Writing in The IndependentAnita Mason paradse the novel as ‘many-layered, violent, beautiful and strange’.

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Wonderful book that I have recommended to friends constantly. The novel follows the story of Yusuf, a boy born in the fictional town of Kawa in Tanzania at the turn of the Twentieth century. If I wanted to read the Prophet Yousuf’s story I’d read the original one, it’s more eloquent! Set at the beginning of the previous century and on the east African coast, Paradise is interesting as a portrait of the times.

There is discussion of paaradise among the various gods. Disconcerting, uncomfortable, a constant sense of impending change, disaster and mystery. It is a book, a story, a journey which will stay with you, I am sure for many months gurhah not years to come. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Shi’a Communities in Zanzibar Website Print hardcovergurnau.


Yusuf dalam pilihan tetap seperti “anjing” atau masuk menjadi pasukan perang orang Eropa yang sangat asing baginya. I am certain he will become a great one.

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. Paradise is a historical novel by Abdulrazak Gurnah.

I felt immensely paradisw from the actual story, by not the words per se but the structure of the sentences.

It is evocative and wonderful to read. Yusuf doesn’t receive any schooling and isn’t really attended to.

Yusuf bekerja secara gratis kepada si Saudagar alias menjadi budak secara sukarela. I really enjoyed the story set in a part of the world at a time unfamiliar to me. A skirmish or two with their weapons and the matter of possession is settled. Yusuf diasuh oleh si Saudagar untuk melunasi hutang ayah Yusuf. 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.

Oct 09, Pera rated it liked it Shelves: From the simple paaradise 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. We believe in making knowledge paradse and illuminative— in bringing the academy to the paadise of Dar-es-Salaam or to the souq in Muscat.

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Want gugnah Read saving…. Account Options Sign in. Then, just as Yusuf begins to comprehend the choices required of him, he and everyone around him must adjust to the new reality of European colonialism.


Shortlisted for booker price and whitbred prize. Syukurlah bagian akhir buku ini mengobati kebosananku dari kedataran ceritanya.


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. Yusuf doesn’t receive any s Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah is a paradixe written book and is worth reading. Through the eyes of Yusuf, Gurnah depicts communities at war, trading safaris gone awry, and the universal trials of adolescence. Fear of both being free and pradise being forever imprisoned.

But the whole adds up to less than the sum of its parts. Man Booker Prize Nominee There is much here about what it means to be poor – and what poor actually is – about religion as a lived experience, about slavery and freedom, and about masculine performance.

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. The ending was so abrupt that I was astonished. 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 helps out in a store the merchant own’s. View all 4 comments.

Paradise is at once the story of an African boy’s coming of age, a tragic love story, and a tale of the corruption of traditional African gufnah by European colonialism.