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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Two of those present, who seemed to be followers of Charles Fourier, had come
ready to attack her, with arguments Flora had heard before from Agricol
Perdiguier. If workers had to subtract a few francs from their miserable salaries to
... finished forever with Europe and Paris: one hundred yards of canvas, paints,
oils, and brushes, a hunting horn, two mandolins, a guitar, several Breton pipes,
an old pistol, and a bundle of old clothes. He was a man who seemed strong—
He regarded it with satisfaction when it seemed to him that it was finished. In him,
as in the savage mind, the everyday and the fantastic were united in a single
reality, somber, forbidding, infused with religiosity and desire, life and death.
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
... and Tutsitil's wife, Maoriana, still young and slightly plump, her elastic thighs
showing through her flowered pareu. She had the typical column-like Tahitian
legs, ending in big flat feet that seemed to merge with the earth. Paul desired her.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gbill - LibraryThing
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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