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Michellesibs
Admiring silence | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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Mehso-so

I've just finished this novel and realised that I never knew our protagonists name, flicking back through the pages I don't think we are ever told.

We do know he is in his forties, he teaches in the UK and has a failing heart. We also know his family in Zanzibar have no idea he lives with an English woman and has a 17 year old daughter.

This feels very much like a character study, how silence can wrap itself around unsaid words and snowball.

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Michellesibs
Gravel Heart | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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Pickpick

This book is very descriptive and dilly dallies all over the place and we are given far more information than we would ever need however it does create an atmosphere which absorbs you. At times you could almost smell the scenes being described.

Set between Zanzibar and London, this is the story of Salim and his family secrets. I was pretty invested in the characters here and how their lives were playing out.

I liked this, it was a decent read

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RosePressedPages
By the Sea | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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🏫 I‘ve learned how to work effectively in a team, and that I really enjoy it.
🏫 I‘m currently a PhD student and teaching assistant.
🏫 In another life, I‘d be a marine archaeologist. I want to be by the ocean and near ships.
Thanks for the tag @Eggs #WondrousWednesday

Eggs Wonderful! Thanks for playing 🥳 3mo
AlaMich Marine archaeologist sounds amazing! 3mo
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Michellesibs
By the Sea | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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Mehso-so

We have two main characters, Saleh and Latif. Both from Zanzibar, both living in the UK, both with complicated histories.

Everything we see, we see directly from our main characters minds, like a stream of consciousness in many ways. We only ever look backwards, in reminiscent.

This didn't grab me, it felt very drab and I understand that's the vibe the author is going for here. I wasn't particularly engaged, was fine.

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charl08
Paradise | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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Pickpick

Finally finished it!

Fascinating book following young Yusuf as he is taken to work for a rich merchant, when his father can't pay his debts.

Cinfhen Gorgeous photo 💜 11mo
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charl08
Paradise | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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It was exactly as it would have been in the stories his mother used to tell him. In those stories the craziness would have been because of love gone wrong, or bewitchment in order to steal an inheritance, or unfulfilled revenge. Nothing could be done about the craziness until matters had been put right, until the curse had been lifted. He wanted to say that to Khalil. Don't worry about it so much, it will all be put right before the story ends.

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Graywacke
By the Sea | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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Pickpick

My 3rd novel by Gurnah, all since he won the Nobel Prize. I‘ve enjoyed them all. He‘s a wonderful storyteller, weaving gentle kindnesses into serious story tensions. This 2001 novel is a beautiful book about two refugees from British Zanzibar and later independent Zanzibar/Tanzania, who meet up in England.

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Graywacke
By the Sea | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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No clue why kitty is head-butting my book. She was very determined though. Anyway, I‘m going to try to start it today.

Tamra Good omen! 1y
dabbe Sweet kitty! ❣️🐾❣️ 1y
Graywacke @Tamra she has a sense. I should try out other books on her. 1y
Graywacke @dabbe she has her moments. We lost a cat last fall, my reading buddy. I miss him. But this little cat hated him and so avoided me. She has warmed up to me these last several months. (edited) 1y
dabbe So sorry to hear about your other kitty, and it looks like this one is coming around. ❣️ 1y
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Evita
Memory of Departure | Abdulrazak Gurnah
Mehso-so

3 out of 5

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wifey.n
By the Sea | Abdulrazak Gurnah
Pickpick

Great