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So many deaths, and then so many more deaths and mutilations to come, memories I have no power to resist and which come and go to a pattern I cannot anticipate. Inevitably, the two men get together in a little seaside English town. The language was gjrnah beautiful, so well written, so – wow.


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Coming from two different generations, each man has a different view of his former country, the older man having spent most of his life there, escaping to England when all other hope is gone, and the younger having left as a young student, but still longing for gunrah connections he left behind. Aug 13, Barbara rated it liked it. Oct 18, Wangui rated it liked it.

The Best Books of The personal essay is not dead, but has it traded And as most books I enjoy, this one weaves in historical events. Silence may indeed be protection, but it is only once he finds the voice and the strength to tell his story, that he is able to resolve his thf with the past.

By the Sea by Abdulrazak Gurnah

The poetry of storytelling completes the picture of history, of how we see ourselves, rather than being th addendum to culture. Started off thinking it was a bit hard to read and a bit dependent on my mood.

Nor is ses refugee only a victim: And sometimes they something back to me. Write a customer review. Latif long ago cut off all relations with his Zanzibar family, having taken refuge in England in the ’60s and gone on to become an English professor and poet, and a rather lonely single man.

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Jun 16, Diana Agudo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gurnah appears to be making a similar metaphorical claim to Bruce Chatwin’s: The story told by this novel defies summary. May 21, purplemagnolia rated it liked it.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Powerful ironies drive the action. 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.

View all 5 comments. 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. I heard him appear in the kitchen, felt him in that small space, and when I turned to him I saw that his eyes were large and luminous, glistening with hurt. Apr 29, Sharadha Jayaraman rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Accessed 10 December Admitting Saleh to the UK, Edelman also steals his only possession of worth: