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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The distrust of her listeners gradually evaporated as she explained how, by
uniting, workers could get what they yearned for—the right to work, education,
health, decent living conditions—while so long as they were scattered they would
He would go and sit at one of the little portside bars and spend hours playing
dominoes over a sugary absinthe. Lieutenant Jénot—slender, elegant, gracious,
very well bred— let him know that living among the Chinese in Papeete would
She was a woman of mixed New Zealander and Maori blood, friendly and
talkative, who must have been beautiful in a youth spent early in rough living.
Paul agreed with her on a modest fee, and brought her back to his
boardinghouse. But the ...
... that lived in holes, caves, hidden places in the brush, and hollow trunks, and
came out at night to frighten the living and torment them. Moerenhout's book was
meticulous in its descriptions of the disappeared gods and demons that existed ...
But you had survived, Koké you had painted; you had enriched your palette with
the colors of the island; and living by your motto—“the right to dare anything”—
you had risked all, like the great creators. Only at the last minute would you
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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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