Search Results: "Abdulrazak Gurnah"


BOOK REVIEW

DESERTION by Abdulrazak Gurnah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2005

"Probably a partially autobiographical story, but one that Gurnah has not fully shaped into a coherent narrative."
The divisive legacy of colonialism afflicts three generations of African and English families in the Zanzibar native (now British) author's moving yet ungainly seventh novel. Read full book review >

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THE LAST GIFT by Abdulrazak Gurnah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"The talking cure has come almost too late for the oddly prim ex-sailor and his family. There is nothing to involve the reader in this protagonist's dilemma."
An immigrant father's silence about his background roils the life of his family in England; in this awkward eighth novel, Gurnah (Desertion, 2005, etc.), a Briton of Zanzibari descent, revisits the theme of alienation. Read full book review >

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GRAVEL HEART by Abdulrazak Gurnah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Like a lot of similar fiction, this well-crafted novel finds its protagonist suspended between two cultures, a part of each yet apart from both."
A boy searches for answers, home, his identity, and his destiny after mysterious family circumstances transplant him from his native Zanzibar to London. Read full book review >

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ADMIRING SILENCE by Abdulrazak Gurnah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A beautifully calibrated story of a wrenching search for a home for the heart and soul in an age of immigrants and exiles."
Gurnah (Paradise, 1994), born in Zanzibar, poignantly redefines the colonial experience as he details the ``disappointed love'' that an exile feels for both the colonial mother, England, and his now independent homeland. Read full book review >

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BY THE SEA by Abdulrazak Gurnah
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 11, 2001

"An impressively quiet book that addresses important themes with intelligence and empathy."
East African novelist Gurnah (Paradise, 1994, etc.) luminously weaves together themes of alienation, treachery, and despair, in a story about two political exiles, in a drab English seaside town, whoat last find forgiveness and understanding. Read full book review >

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PARADISE by Abdulrazak Gurnah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Larger cultural issues, and the setting itself, are difficult to see through the forest of minutiae."
This disappointing second novel from the author of Memory of Departure (1988) never quite gets off the ground, although the language is simple and appealing. Read full book review >