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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... on the outskirts of Paris, a neighborhood of the bourgeoisie whom she now
detested. Were you remembering the house itself—spacious, comfortable, with its
manicured gardens and busy maids—or the descriptions of it your mother gave ...
She had become accustomed to receptions like this ever since, months ago, she
had begun to present her ideas about the Workers' Union to small groups in Paris
and Bordeaux. When she spoke she kept her voice steady, feigning more ...
He had brought all his belongings with him, as if to show that he was finished
forever with Europe and Paris: one hundred yards of canvas, paints, oils, and
brushes, a hunting horn, two mandolins, a guitar, several Breton pipes, an old
When it became known that the Parisian painter who lived among the Chinese in
Papeete was also an assiduous visitor to the Meat Market, his reputation touched
bottom among the families of colonial society. Never again was he invited to ...
He had gone to Papeete, as he often did, to see if there was any money from
Paris. These were journeys that he tried to avoid, because a round trip on the
public coach cost nine francs, and there was the bone-jarring torment on the
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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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