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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... comfortable, with its manicured gardens and busy maids—or the descriptions
of it your mother gave when you were no longer rich but poor, the flattering
memories in which the unhappy woman took refuge from the leaks, disarray,
These members, almost all shoemakers, greeted her with wary, uncomfortable
glances, one or two mocking, when they realized their visitor was a woman. She
had become accustomed to receptions like this ever since, months ago, she had
She went to see Father Fortin at his house, next door to the cathedral, and noted
how big it was and how well furnished. The maid, an old woman in a cap and
apron, limped ahead of her to the priest's office. He kept her waiting for a quarter
He went on a horseback expedition that he dubbed “in search of the Sabine,” and
in the tiny settlement of Faaone, at a shop by the side of the road where he
stopped for a drink, the woman serving him asked what he was looking for there.
It was an old woman in a hooded cloak, like the crones of Brittany forever fixed in
your memory, timeless women who, when you lived in Pont-Aven or Le Pouldu,
you would meet on the streets of Finistčre. They seemed half dead already, ...
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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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