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Customers who bought this item also bought. Several interesting characters, intricate relationships passed by and fascinating places were painted with great care, and page by page more background information was added to the asylum seeker at Gatwick airport.

The thread of the story winds backwards to the monsoon ofwhen an incense merchant, cultured and cultivated, whose politeness is “like a kind of talent, an elaboration of forms and manners into something abstract and poetic,” seduces and gurnsh the mother of a certain Latif.

Getting out, he starts over, only to be threatened by Latif’s brother, Hassan. I te myself wondering at the initial slow pace of the book, but also, a little surprisingly, unable to put it down.

Early in the book Omar tells of his hatred Imperialism, he is bitter about the changes it made to his country and in the mess it left There were parts of this book that were like listening to a maestro story teller, then there were parts of great mundane detail.

They find that there is much to remember which has been forgotten and much to come to terms with. In their meeting, Latif Mahmud confronts Saleh Omar about his objectionable be 3.


By the Sea by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Its scenes of family life and strife in Zanzibar, contrasted with the “civilized,” bureaucratic, and officious behavior of the British at home guranh abroad, establish strong contrasts and illuminate the themes. A story of family torn apart thanks to the trickery of a foreign tradesman, ego, and a thirst for revenge- and instructive on bg seemingly daily happenings on the island can reverberate for many years.

It provides an ending that is no ending at all: Getting out, he starts over, only to be threatened by Latif’s brother, Hassan. Slowly, the story takes shape. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

The challenge to the reader is to hold multiple developments and locales in their head and sift through ” truths” as told by the two main protagonists until resolution finally emerges. Preview — By the Sea by Abdulrazak Hte. These sections of the book did not become a theme but were one of the highlights to me.

Paperbackpages. Trivia About By the Sea. I was never “gripped”, though I liked the ways in which the narrative alternates between two characters’ stories, and how these stories bring up historical facts, personal stories of rivalry, travel and friendship, and contemporary issues e.

From Publishers Weekly Dense, accomplished and sharply conceived, this novel by Anglo-African writer Gurnah Paradise; Admiring Silence tells the story of year-old Saleh Omar, a merchant refugee from Zanzibar who applies for asylum in England.

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The refugee acquires a voice and a name, and as he does so, not only his identity and history but that of his country, with the deep changes wrought in it by colonization and revolution, become clear with a vividness that could never have been captured by a more conventional narration.


Apr 19, Gumble’s Yard rated it liked it. The writing style is very elegant however but the difficult to follow or almost care about detail makes it a less engrossing read than it otherwise would be.

It’s the first novel about Zanzibar I have read in English and I was quite excited about it. View all 5 comments.

The language was so beautiful, so well written, so – wow. Gurrnah it’s by the sea in London, where Saleh tries to build a new life–or at least to let what’s left of his life end peacefully–that he has to face the painful past and finally lay it to rest.

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I enjoyed the brilliant ways in which the storytelling is interweaved in the narrative, how one character is always telling a story to another, and how the It’s strange to read a book by someone you know in person, and with whom you have a working relationship.

Much of the book is Saleh telling Latif the real story of this feud; style is unusual as the story is told like a story rather than as narrative. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Books by Abdulrazak Gurnah.

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