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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She had become accustomed to receptions like this ever since, months ago, she
had begun to present her ideas about the Workers' Union to small groups in Paris
and Bordeaux. When she spoke she kept her voice steady, feigning more ...
He owed his nickname, Koké, to Teha'amana, who was his first wife on the island
, since Titi Little-Tits, the New Zealander—Maori chatterbox he lived with for his
first few months in Tahiti—in Papeete, then Paea, and finally Mataiea—wasn't his
But the night they spent together was so pleasant that Titi Little-Tits refused to
take his money. Enamored of Paul, she moved in with him. Although she looked
older than she was, she was a tireless lover and in those first months she helped
Many times he would recall those first months of conjugal life with Teha'amana in
the hut in Mataiea in the middle of 1892 as the best he had known in Tahiti, and
maybe the world. His little wife was an endless source of pleasure. Willingly ...
You had the right, according to French law. But since it was one thing to say so
and another to make it happen, it was urgent that Monfreid and Schuffenecker, in
Paris, should start proceedings at the ministry. It would take six or eight months at
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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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