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 deftly portrays the trials and tribulations suffered at the hands of others by those who seek asylum and refuge. 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.

Will Latif Mahmud pardon Saleh Omar’s crimes? Started off thinking it was a bit hard to read and sra bit dependent on my mood. Make a tax-deductible donation today. Its narrator is a refugee from an East African island nation who is seeking to enter England. The portrayal of political injustice and the world on the verge between ideologies GDR and postcolonialism Zanzibar, Britain is as truthful, honest and brutal as it should be.

Although he is a cultivated man, he has been advised at home bg pretend he neither speaks nor understands English. Paradise was short-listed for the Booker Prize, which should draw some critical attention to Gurnah’s latest, though sales will aea be strongest at university bookstores.

BY THE SEA by Abdulrazak Gurnah | Kirkus Reviews

We also hear tye from Saleh and Latif of some of their own stories. 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.

Spoilers don’t bother me – please feel free to tell me anything that you think will make me want to keep reading this book! Lenny Boy Peter E. 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 when the English departed. Oct 18, Wangui rated it liked it. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.


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A present-day Sinbad, Omar is fleeing a land where the evil jinn are the larcenous rulers equipped with all the accoutrements of contemporary authoritarianism—concentration camps, rifles, kangaroo courts, etc. Dec 21, Ming rated it liked it. Geoffrey Movius in conversation with Susan Sontag. I was frustrated by the oversimplification of the asylum debate here, until I noticed that an elegant trick was being performed: Lists with This Book. Seven years later, the monsoon brings civilian strife and a Marxist coup.

The incense is a perfect mnemonic for Zanzibar. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

One of the Saleh Omar is in his mid-sixties and a disgraced business man; the other in his forties, a poet who arrived years before him. Leila rated it really liked it Dec 19, Another pearl, probably one of the most exquisites i found on my travel through african literature in English.

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Sep 10, Carla Castanos rated it gurnaah liked it. Yet it’s not Hussein himself who brings about their downfall. By the Gurnwh is an intimate story- a story of family in the nuclear and extended sense. I also enjoyed reading about the good and harrowing times alike in colonial and post-colonial Africa, the latter which Gurnah describes with restrained poise. Houses change hands, families are ruined, governments change and fall. The temptation to read one character or the other as “the author’s alter-egos” is strong.

Review: By the Sea

Read this for a class. And also I liked the low-key approach to the seemingly dramatic events. Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist View all 5 comments.

It is an old, old land, known at the beginning of the third millennium BC by the Pharaohs of Egypt and rediscovered by Greek sailors searching for the mysterious “Land of Punt,” where abound gold, spices, ostrich feathers, and the ivory of fabulous wild beasts. We have become part of this universe that unfolds in front of us at a level where picturesque or exoticism become simply beauty and diversity.


Read more Read less. They find that there is much to remember which has been forgotten and much to come to terms with. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. This is passionate book of clear vision, a book which recognizes harsh truths and still remains compassionate. This means you will always be able to read us without roadblocks or barriers to entry.

Wandering through Saleh Omar’s memories and Latif Mahmud’s accusations, Abdulrazak Gurnah reminds you again and again that what you perceive as a child may not always be true. The novel is a reinvention as much as a remembrance of things past, with the author as latter-day Shahrazad, staving off the reader’s final judgment. His portrayal of everyday immigrant life and quiet Muslim piety makes this a gentle, enjoyable read.

The memories of him while he was young are warm. Related tenuously by marriage, the two men’s lives have been intertwined by a series of slights and betrayal, each branch of the family grasping for the prope By the Sea is beautiful, a meandering story of remembrance that takes you from Zanzibar to London, through Malaya and Persia, a story of business, love, and revenge.

As order broke down in Zanzibar after it gained independence from Britain, Latif accepted a scholarship to study in the former East Germany, escaping soon after to Britain. I found myself wondering at the initial slow pace of the book, but also, a little surprisingly, unable to put it down. Its scenes of family life and strife in Zanzibar, contrasted with the “civilized,” bureaucratic, and officious behavior of the British at home and abroad, establish strong contrasts and illuminate the themes.

It completely obscured the aforesaid simplistic plot. Lovely story, tedious writing.