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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poplars were growing, their leaves very new and white, a group of girls playing,
making and unmaking patterns as they ran about. She stopped to watch them.
They were playing the game called Paradise, which, according to your mother,
“A girl who'd like to live with me,” he joked. The woman, broad in the hips but still
pretty, studied him for a moment before speaking again, scrutinizing him as if she
were trying to read his soul. “Maybe my daughter would suit you,” she proposed ...
If a statistical analysis were deemed necessary, the items belonging to the
objective world were these: the mattress, jet-black like the girl's hair; the yellow
flowers; the greenish sheets of pounded bark; the pale green cushion; and the
A Novel Mario Vargas Llosa. master, she was told by the girls in the shop that he
had a famous brother, Antoine, a painter of flowers and animals in the Jardin des
Plantes. But André Chazal liked to drink, gamble, and spend his time in taverns.
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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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