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Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah is a well written book and is worth reading. I am cer 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 patterns by European abduleazak. Books by Abdulrazak Gurnah.

But apart from that, I always find it fascinating to read abou I enjoyed reading this book despite some negative reviews I found in Goodread. Oct 09, Pera rated it liked it Shelves: Coming-of-age, Exploration, Historical, Literary. Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah. 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 pradise experienced anything close to the trauma of his childhood.

Finally in the background are the Germans, a brooding silent foreboding force who everyone around Yusuf speaks of with trepidation, and who intervene at a key point in the novel.

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A finalist in 4 for both the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award, Paradise hides major themes and ideas within the seemingly simple story of Yusuf, a twelve-year-old boy in rural East Africa whose father sells him to a trader to settle a debt.


Fear of both being free and of being forever imprisoned. There is also a scene at the end of the book where the fear of upheaval is shown to have foundation. A story that examines the African swahili culture from its social aspects by presenting the different ethnic races that make it and their day to day struggle.

The story switches from the rural interior to the cosmopolitan urban coastal world. This is the background to the story, but added to it are some memorable characters and locations. Maybe I could have another day, another time, a different place and mood, but considering I was reading this psradise April for the Around the World in 12 Books ChallengeI’ve run out of time and must admit defeat.

I tell you they’re determined. Swahili Online Website Pambazuka: Wonderful book that I have recommended to friends constantly.

Yusuf doesn’t receive any s Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah is a well written book and is worth reading. Abdulrazak Gurnah Published by: Please provide an email address. 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. Hidup menghamba pada sang saudagar karena hutang orang tua.

Gurnah is a very fine writer.

Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Dan yusuf tidak sendirian, ada Khalil, temannya yang juga bernasib sama. One of his adventures including a long and dangerous trading mission A satisfying read. 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.

It follows the coming of age of Yusuf, who is sold as a sort of slave or indentured servant to the rich merchant Aziz in order to pay off his father’s debts. For centuries Arabs and Omanis have traded up and down the Indian Ocean coast and This is a well written book, which is worth reading slowly and savouring.


The only ones they allowed to stay were those they made into servants.


Yusuf helps run Aziz’s store, goes on an ill-fated trading I have long wanted to read this novel, and was paraddise able to get a hold of it through the magic of inter-library loan. The Azanian Sea The Azanian Sea was founded in as a agdulrazak resource and online hub for information, inspiration and informed commentary on the African presence in the Indian Ocean.

I hated just how unoriginal his main character was. 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. Luckily, it was as satisfying as I’d hoped. The story ends with a part of Kenyan history which was new psradise me; that of German seizure of key port cities.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Seperti kisah Nabi Yusuf, Yusuf di novel ini pun kemudian grnah rayu si Istri Saudagar hingga bajunya terkoyak.

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