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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You were too little to remember the gardeners, the maids, the furniture
upholstered in silk and velvet, the heavy draperies, the silver, gold, crystal, and
painted china that adorned the salon and the dining room. Madame Tristán fled
into the ...
... boardinghouse, but the cramped quarters and pestilence— there were pigpens
in the area, and the slaughterhouse, where all kinds of animals were killed, was
nearby— diminished his desire to paint and forced him out onto the street.
After painting he would strum his guitar or sing popular tunes, accompanying
himself on his mandolin, so that he wouldn't have to talk to her. When will she
leave? he wondered, curiously observing Titi Little-Tits's evident boredom. It
This order of reality was counterbalanced by the painting's upper half: there the
floating flowers were sparks, gleams, featherlight phosphorescent meteors aloft
in a bluish mauve sky in which the colored brushstrokes suggested a cascade of
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 ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - technodiabla - LibraryThing
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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