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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At the cathedral, she had a conversation that ended in a fight with the parish
priest, Father Fortin, a fat, balding little man with fearful eyes, foul breath, and a
greasy cassock, whose narrowmindedness managed to infuriate her. (“Temper,
The same respect for authority that makes Catholics into automatons, like this
wretch. She tried to take her leave of Father Fortin in a friendly manner, offering
him a copy of The Workers' Union. “Read it at least, Father. You'll see that my
“You're one of those priests who would build bonfires in every square again to
burn all the free and intelligent people in the world, Father,” she said as she left.
In her room at the inn, after some hot soup, she took stock of her day in Auxerre.
Here too, as at the meetings in Paris, they had put an empty chair on the stage,
symbolizing their wait for the arrival of the Mother, the Woman-Messiah, the
superior female who would join in sacred intercourse with the Father (Prosper
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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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