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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The locksmith Pierre Moreau had made a reservation for her at an old inn in the
center of town, and she arrived there early in the morning. Day was dawning as
she unpacked. She got into bed knowing she wouldn't sleep a wink. But for the ...
He had arrived in Papeete at dawn on June 9, 1891, after a journey of two and a
half months from Marseille, with stops at Aden and Noumea, where he had to
change ships. When he set foot in Tahiti at last, he had just turned forty-three.
Never again was he invited to the Military Club, where he had been taken by
Jénot shortly after he arrived, or to any ceremony presided over by Mayor
Cardella or Governor Lacascade, who had received him cordially upon his arrival
... been for his chronic problems with money, which never arrived in time and
slipped through his fingers when it did arrive— the remittances sent by his friend
Daniel de Monfreid from the sale of paintings in Europe—Koké would have said
Barely a year after his arrival, he had decided to return to Paris. He wouldn't
change his mind, but he didn't feel at ease with himself. Plainly speaking, it was
an escape, forced by defeat. With the mad Dutchman in Arles; in Brittany; in Paris
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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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I just finished The Way to Paradise by Mario Vargas Llosa. 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 ... Read full review
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