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On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport from Zanzibar, a far away island in the Indian Ocean. With him he has a small bag in which. By the Sea [Abdulrazak Gurnah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport. By the Sea [Abdulrazak Gurnah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the late afternoon of November 23rd, Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick.

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Get to Hte Us. By the Sea is beautiful, a meandering story of remembrance that takes you from Zanzibar to London, through Malaya and Persia, a story of business, love, and revenge. When aging Saleh Omar, a Zanzibar native, arrives in England seeking asylum, he claims not to speak English. Britain Through Muslim Eyes: The memories of him while he was young are warm. The only regret about this post-exotic legend is that it should end at all—there are other protagonists in this book whose flight we’d have liked to follow, whether they’re blown by those tropical winds to the gray cities of England or other places by the sea.

Each man bu who the other is, or was, in Zanzibar, and each believes that the other’s family has brought about his own family’s downfall there. His task is to decide whether Saleh should be granted admission to the UK, or returned to Zanzibar. This is not as strange as it sounds, nor is it an unheard of thing. The strands mesh because in this novel we are traveling the memories and histories of the Indian Ocean.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This is the story of two men from Zanzibar who arrive in the UK as refugees, as told by them meaning two narrators. And he presents an asylum-seeker, labelling him, and that way reducing him, before giving him voice.


Although I’m sure the author has no axe to grind, his novel can almost be seen as a poetic manifesto against the tyranny of language when used as a tool of the state. Gurnah’s novel is a painful, unapologetically literate probe into the tragedy of the postcolonial world, yb refugees are always emerging, “stunned, into the light of yet another gathering shambles.

Join us to support engaged discussion on critical issues. Related tenuously by marriage, the two men’s lives have been intertwined by a series of slights and betrayal, each branch of the family grasping for the prope By the Sea is beautiful, a meandering story of remembrance that takes you from Zanzibar to London, through Malaya and Persia, a story of business, love, and revenge.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Saleh, he learns, has been pursued vindictively by Rajab and his wife, Asha, the mistress of a powerful minister. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. He arrives in England under another name, a name that has its own history, its own story, a borrowed name, believing that silence is his only protection. Make a tax-deductible donation today Donate Today!

It is the fixed perspective of exile that motors this, his sixth novel: The rest of the book tells of life in Zanzibar, the pettiness and mindless attempts at greed and duplicity in dealing with a person’s estate after they had died.

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So those things drew me to the book initially. Ellen Flexman, Indianapolis-Marion Cty. It is an old, old land, known at the beginning of the third millennium BC by the Pharaohs of Egypt and rediscovered by Greek sailors searching for the mysterious “Land of Punt,” where abound gold, spices, ostrich feathers, and the ivory of fabulous wild beasts. As it is always the case with Gurnah, t This is an example of how good writing can turn a simple plot into a wonderful reading experience.


Oct 05, Sharon rated it really liked it. With him he has a small bag in which there lies his most precious possession – a mahogany box containing incense. Rewriting Poland Marta Figlerowicz.

We are the Sultan before Scheherazade asking for more stories, like a vital need, a question of life and death.

They find that there is much to remember which has been forgotten and much to come to terms with.

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. So Gurnah offers Kevin Edelman up as a caricature, then gently mocks us for accepting this slick skin of dumbness: By the Sea is told from a variety of viewpoints, offering gurhah variations of the tge, both deliberately, to deceive, and through memory’s decrepitude. Paradise was short-listed for the Booker Prize, which should draw some critical attention to Gurnah’s latest, though sales will likely be strongest at university bookstores.

And also I liked the low-key approach to the s The story embedded nicely yesterday with today. View Full Version of PW.


For me it’s a bit special, as I know the author in person, so I had that …more Hi Lindsay, I saw you asked a question on By the Sea, which I finished today. From the first word you have the sense that the author is a man born to write, unusual though his style may be. I found it dry and soul-sucking- not the book itself, but the story that the main character tells about his life, and the reality he finds himself in at the end.

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