The Way to Paradise: A Novel
A New York Times Notable Book
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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Moments later, the woman returned with Teha'amana. She said that the girl was
only thirteen, despite her developed body, with its firm breasts and thighs, and
fleshy lips that parted over a set of bright white teeth. Paul moved closer to her, ...
Many times he would recall those first months of conjugal life with Teha'amana in
the hut in Mataiea in the middle of 1892 as the best he had known in Tahiti, and
maybe the world. His little wife was an endless source of pleasure. Willingly ...
“It's me, it's me—Koké,” he said soothingly, going to her. “Don't be afraid, Teha'
amana.” She broke into tears, sobbing hysterically, and in her incoherent
murmuring he caught several times the word tupapau, tupapau. It was the first
time he had ...
You had managed to give the whole a flawless harmony, Koké. Funereal music
emanated from it, and light shone from the greenish-yellow of the sheet and the
orange-tinted yellow of the flowers. “What should I call it?” he asked Teha'amana,
Teha'amana, half her body uncovered by the sheet, was snoring. His breath was
heavy and acrid from the mix of drinks, and he felt generally unwell. “Should I
stay or go back to France?” he wondered. He had been in Tahiti for a year and
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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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