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. Close reading of By the Sea. Chelsea Haith. The analysis is of the following paragraph from Abdulrazak Gurnah’s By the Sea (The New Press.

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Several interesting characters, intricate relationships passed by and fascinating places were painted with great care, and page by page more background information was added to the asylum seeker at Gatwick airport.

Nov 20, Fathima Cader rated it really liked it Shelves: The strands mesh because in this thhe we are traveling the memories and histories of the Indian Ocean. A book longlisted for the Booker Prize. Make a tax-deductible donation today Donate Today!

Gurnah’s novel is a painful, unapologetically literate probe into the tragedy of the postcolonial world, where refugees are always emerging, “stunned, into the light of yet another gathering shambles. Overall, an enjoyable read save the sappy editing. The entangled nature of memory byy history, misunderstanding, and shame are crucial thematic concerns throughout the novel and are best captured in this moment of teh.

May 10, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s their pride and greed, hidden behind a veneer of religion and holiness, supported by a belief in their own perception of right. I would certainly recommend this book to any interested in the life of refugees or bu after a light but good read. It’s strange to read a book by someone you know in person, and with whom you have a working relationship.


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By the Sea Bloomsbury Paperbacks. It completely obscured the aforesaid simplistic plot.

The effect is somewhat like going to someone else’ family, school or work reunion. This means you will always be able to read us without roadblocks or barriers to entry.

Started te thinking it was a bit hard to read and a bit dependent on my mood. He looked straight at me and I dropped my eyes, afraid of what he was now going to abdurazak, weary of the bitter recriminations that had worn down my life. 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. In the novel he flashes back to his life growing up in Zanzibar by the sea and to the events that led up to him having to run Interesting book though a bit strange.

Exile, one of the mainsprings of Abdulrazak Sew writing, is featured in Paradise, shortlisted in for both Booker and Whitbread prizes, and his fifth novel, Admiring Silence.

While we have you This is an example of how good writing can turn a simple plot into a wonderful reading experience. Aug 07, Gabriela rated it it was amazing. Weekly Poetry Newsletter Boston Events: Sorry, Not Sorry Boots Riley’s new film roasts racial Merve EmreDeborah Chasman.

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Houses change hands, families are ruined, governments change and fall. A present-day Sinbad, Omar is fleeing a land where the evil jinn are the larcenous rulers equipped with all the accoutrements of contemporary authoritarianism—concentration camps, rifles, kangaroo courts, etc.

An immigration agent tries to dissuade the refugee from entering the cold, miserable lands of Europe, and confiscates a box of incense—the only valuable item in his bag.

I haven’t been disappointed! I was frustrated by the oversimplification of the asylum debate here, until I noticed that an elegant trick was being performed: You might have noticed the absence of paywalls at Boston Review.


And sometimes they something back to me. The personal essay is not dead, but has it traded And the story was so complicated, but in the best possible way. So it made more seWhy the book yet not completely penetrated my heart was perhaps all the chattering about commercial issues.

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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 abculrazak at the end.

Due to recriminations over an inherited property, Saleh was eventually dispossessed of his house, arrested and imprisoned in various camps.

By the Sea is an intimate story- a story of family in the nuclear and extended sense. Interesting book though a bit strange. The story told is a seemingly straightforward one: It tells us much about deceit, anguish and alienation but also understanding and acceptance.

By the Sea

But as soon as I stirred, Latif Mahmud uncrossed his legs and leaned forward. There were parts of this book that were like listening to a maestro story teller, then there were parts of great mundane detail. Dec 21, Ming rated it liked it. It provides an ending that is no ending at all: Return to Book Page.

Aug 13, Barbara rated it liked it. Feb 24, Sophie Zanoon rated it really liked it. Britain Through Muslim Eyes: And also I liked the low-key approach to the seemingly dramatic events.

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