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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... 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, Andalusa. 2 The Spirit of the Dead Watches Mataiea, April 1892.
As soon as they were established in Mataiea, he began to paint, with true
creative fury. And in the hours spent smoking his pipe and sketching, or standing
in front of his easel, he lost interest in Titi Little-Tits, whose incessant talk
After illnesses, difficulties, and missteps, he began to feel that his coming to the
South Seas in search of the primitive world hadn't been in vain. Not in vain at all,
Paul. Since burying yourself in Mataiea, you had produced thirty paintings, and ...
“No.” “Do you know how to cook?” Half an hour later, he set out home for Mataiea
, followed on foot by his brand-new acquisition, a local beauty who spoke
charming French and was carrying all her belongings on her shoulder. He
offered to sit ...
The name spread rapidly, and soon all the residents of Mataiea—and later all
Tahitians and even many Europeans—would call him that. Many times he would
recall those first months of conjugal life with Teha'amana in the hut in Mataiea in
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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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