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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Never again was he invited to the Military Club, where he had been taken by
Jénot shortly after he arrived, or to any ceremony presided over by Mayor
Cardella or Governor Lacascade, who had received him cordially upon his arrival
He had left at dawn in order to return by afternoon, but a downpour had washed
out the road and the coach let him off in Mataiea after midnight. The hut was dark.
That was odd. Teha'amana never slept without leaving a small lamp burning.
You'd never learn to farm the land, because those who farmed dedicated the kind
of time to their labor that you needed for painting. Which meant that here too,
despite the landscape and the natives—a pale reflection of what was once the ...
They were afraid that if the right to work was extended to women, unemployment
would spread, since there would never be enough work for so many people.
Neither could she persuade them that children under ten should be prohibited
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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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