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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... hundred of them popa'a, or Europeans), because Lieutenant Jénot, of the
French navy, one of his first friends in Papeete, told him that his long hair and
little Buffalo Bill cowboy hat made the Maori think he was a mahu, or a man-
Moerenhout's book was meticulous in its descriptions of the disappeared gods
and demons that existed before the Europeans came and eradicated the Maori
beliefs and customs. And perhaps they even made an appearance in that.
He could understand quite a bit of Tahitian Maori now, but not when it was sung.
Very near the fire, dancing with feet planted, hips undulating, and skin
incandescent with the reflection of the flames, was Tutsitil, owner of the land
where Koké ...
Which meant that here too, despite the landscape and the natives—a pale
reflection of what was once the fertile Maori civilization—money ruled people's
lives and deaths, and condemned artists to enslave themselves to Mammon. If
you didn't ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gbill - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - technodiabla - LibraryThing
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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