On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport from Zanzibar, a far away island in the Indian Ocean. With him he has a small bag in which. By the Sea [Abdulrazak Gurnah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport. By the Sea [Abdulrazak Gurnah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the late afternoon of November 23rd, Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick.
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He used to own a furniture shop, have a house and be a husband and father, but now he is an asylum seeker from paradise; silence his only protection.
Paperbackpages. And 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. Gurnah skilfully sets up situations where we’re quick to judge his characters harshly, only to find out that we know nothing about them.
By the Sea by Abdulrazak Gurnah
And towards the end it grew to become compassionate. Showing of 3 reviews.
This means you will always be able to read us without roadblocks or barriers to entry. About Store Membership Print Archive. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. 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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A very good read. The paradise both these men have left is Zanzibar, an island in the Indian Ocean swept by the winds of the Musim, bringing traders with their perfumes and spices and a unique mix of cultures gurnnah histories. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Susan SontagGeoffrey Movius. Although I’m sure the author yb no axe to grind, his novel can almost be seen as a poetic manifesto against the tyranny of language when used as a tool of the state.
On the East Coat of Africa, monsoon winds carry boats out from the countries of the Persian Gulf and back from the ports of the Mozambique Canal. Two Paths for the Personal Essay The personal essay is not dead, but has it traded Spoilers don’t bother me – please feel free to tell me anything that you think will make me want tbe keep reading this book!
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But once he begins to describe the disintegration of life and family that happens when the jealousy of a neighbour and power from corrupt government officials byy to exact a painful revenge it is draining. Nor is the refugee only a victim: Jun 16, Diana Agudo rated it it was amazing Shelves: By the Sea is told from a variety of viewpoints, offering conflicting variations of the truth, both deliberately, to deceive, and through memory’s decrepitude. Ellen Flexman, Indianapolis-Marion Cty.
The rest of the book tells of life in Zanzibar, the pettiness and mindless attempts at greed and duplicity in dealing with a person’s estate after they had died.
Want to Read saving…. They find that there is much to remember which has been forgotten and much to come to terms with. In the novel he flashes back to his life growing up in Zanzibar by the sea and to the events that led up to him having to run Interesting book though a bit strange. Held a prisoner most of his life for his supposed treachery, will Turnah Omar seek atonement for his deeds from Latif Mahmud?
It’s the first novel about Zanzibar I have read in English and I was quite excited about it. Lists with This Book. Overall, a good read, though. Ultimately he shows us that when ordinary people are allowed or find a way even in repressive political systems to relate to one another as individuals, they bring light to an otherwise sad and frightening world. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
I was left breathless by this incredible story. The effect is somewhat like going to someone else’ family, school or work te.
I cannot imagine why this thoughtful and beautifully constructed novel by an author of immense talent is so little known and so little praised. He arrives in England under another name, a name that has its own history, its own story, a borrowed name, believing that silence is his only protection.
But perhaps that is what life is about for a majority of people. View all 5 comments. Powerful ironies drive the action. The two turn out to be intimately connected via a long running dispute between their families. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. And whether the exile is voluntary or forced, literal or metaphorical, displacement opens up a vivid cut of loss, a liability for myriad reinterpretation and retelling of whatever stories might lurk there, silted up in the alluvial grit of time.
Aug 13, Barbara rated it liked it. Latif long ago cut off all relations with his Zanzibar family, having taken refuge in England in the ’60s and gone on to become an English professor and poet, and a rather lonely single man.