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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franc and a half for a day of labor; over the long winters, they barely scraped by.
Their work in the open air was hard when the weather was rainy. But in the
relationship of the men with their master, Flora saw none of the servility of 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.
The lower half of the painting was objective, realist; the upper half subjective and
unreal but no less authentic. The naked girl would be obscene without the fear in
her eyes and the incipient downturn of her mouth. But fear didn't diminish her ...
They seemed half dead already, ghosts in life. 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
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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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