The Way to Paradise: A Novel
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Flora Tristán, the illegitimate child of a wealthy Peruvian father and French mother, grows up in poverty and journeys to Peru to demand her inheritance. On her return in 1844, she makes her name as a champion of the downtrodden, touring the French countryside to recruit members for her Workers' Union.
Flora died before her grandson was born, but their travels and obsessions unfold side by side in this double portrait, a rare study in passion and ambition, as well as the obstinate pursuit of greatness in the face of illness and death.
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Most likely, Florita, your memory preserved only what your mother had told you of
those early years. You were too little to remember the gardeners, the maids, the
furniture upholstered in silk and velvet, the heavy draperies, the silver, gold, ...
At the cathedral, she had a conversation that ended in a fight with the parish
priest, Father Fortin, a fat, balding little man with fearful eyes, foul breath, and a
greasy cassock, whose narrowmindedness managed to infuriate her. (“Temper,
In her room at the inn, after some hot soup, she took stock of her day in Auxerre.
She wasn't discouraged. Chin up, Florita. Things hadn't gone well, but they hadn't
gone badly either. Putting yourself at the service of humanity was hard work, ...
What a poor devil you were sent by fate, or maybe God, to lose your virginity to,
Florita. A tall, somewhat stooped man, with hair like straw, a very broad forehead,
bold and roguish eyes, and a protuberant nose that constantly monitored the ...
Well, Florita, in the end you didn't kill him. In fact, the poor idiot practically killed
you. And after continuing to force himself on you, making you pregnant, and
causing you to have a second child (Ernest-Camille, in June of 1824), he made
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The interleaved stories of Flora Tristan, a woman and worker’s right advocate in 1840’s France, and her grandson Paul Gauguin, the post-impressionist painter who became famous for his work done in ... Read full review
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What a fantastic novel! This is the first Llhosa I've read and I'm hooked. The Way to Paradise is a dual fictionalized biography of Paul Gauguin and his grandmother Flora Tristan, a feminist communist ... Read full review
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