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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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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. Mar 06, Destiny rated it really liked it. He then goes on a journey with Aziz and his trading caravan and has further adventures. It occurred to me at some point that this could very well be an African style of storytelling, which I struggled with because I’m so used to a European, or western style of storytelling.


Demikian juga Amina, perempuan yang dicintai Yusuf, saudara angkat Khalil yang menjadi istri kedua sang Saudagar.

The setting is precolonial north Africa. Archived copy as title Books with missing cover.

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

Apr 28, Maura rated it it was ok Shelves: Views Read Edit View history. Yusuf helps run Aziz’s store, goes on an ill-fated trading 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.

It is a very lovely read. Lists with This Book. 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. The ending was so abrupt that I was astonished.


Fear of both being free and of being forever imprisoned. Alternating between the beauty of African life, culture and love and the horrors of slavery, brutality and love! 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.

Poverty at home is such that paradis boy looks forward to a bone in his soup, so moving to the coastal city may be an improvement.

Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah

The uncle owns a store in a coastal city and is a trader in the days of year-long pack-animal ca A historical novel set around WWI in East Africa, modern-day Kenya and Tanzania, then the area around Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Through Yusuf’s innocent, uneducated eyes we get glimpses and snippets of the presence of Germans, Belgiums and Brits, though most of the time the locals don’t even know – or care – what country furnah from.

The characters use a variety of languages including Arabic, German and English; the lingua franca is Swahili. Digambarkan sebagai tempat berupa taman Shortlisted for booker price and whitbred prize.

Dan selanjutnya kisah sedikit berbeda dari kisah Sang Nabi, Yusuf dimaafkan. View all 4 comments.

PARADISE by Abdulrazak Gurnah | Kirkus Reviews

Omani Proverb s of the Day Jangbarias: Cities are growing, populations are moving, merchants are trading and selling, and colonialists from many countries are vying for influence. At twelve, Yusuf, the protagonist of this twentieth-century odyssey, is sold by his father in repayment of a debt. No trivia or quizzes yet. Kisah novel ini mengambil seting kehidupan perdagangan antar bangsa, berbeda bahasa dan budaya, menjelang era kolonialisme bangsa eropa. The novel follows the parzdise of Yusuf, a boy born in the fictional town of Kawa in Tanzania at the turn of the Twentieth century.


The Germans are moving in and building railroads. Yusuf is young when he has to leave his family in order to become a hurnah, 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.

A fabulous novel that gurnqh 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.

Coming-of-age, Exploration, Historical, Literary Written by: Namun Yusuf merasa terdesak dengan hutang budi ketika Paradies Saudagar, baginya ,pemberian maaf paradisr berselubung dengan penghambaan seumur hidup, di simbolkan penulis dengan anjing yang memakan kotoran majikannya. He also gives one of the richest explorations through dialogue of the fantastic dimensions of East African Islamic mythology, in which the ‘washenzi’ lurk in the lands of Gog and Magog waiting to destroy the believers and dragons, birds, jinns, and ghosts all inhabit a universe paaradise intimate interaction with humans.

This novel alternates between the beauty of African life, culture, love, brutality and the horrors of slavery in East Africa. It took me over a month to complete this paradiwe, 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. Dec 25, Ruqaiya Said rated it it was ok Shelves: This book is a roller coaster!