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section of Gravel Heart the most recent novel by Gurnah an author regularly nominated Britain s most restigious awards of Gravel Heart the most recent novel by Abdulrazak Gurnah an author regularly nominated for Britain s most The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy prestigious awards Salim travels to Zanzibar to visit his mother s grave and finally learn from his father what it was that destroyed their family years before Salim has been living in England studying literature while his father has recently resumed life as a hermit in the back of a shop after several years in Kuala Lumpur In a movingassage Gurnah uses their conversation to highlight how disorienting it was for both father and son to grow up bookish in Tanzania when most books represented a culture that vilified Muslims and Africans That is how eople like you and I come to know so much of the world Salim tells his father reading about it from eople who despise us He notes that the central event of their family drama resembles one of the The Age of Apollyon plotoints in Measure for Measure but in this case the comedy has turned tragedy There was no Duke to ut things right Nor was there any role for you in the lay Baba Even Shakespeare fails them The title Gravel Heart implies something both gritty and Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples painfully visceral but the novel is rarely either Instead it is contemplative telling a story slowly from beginning straight almost to the very end when the introduction of Salim s father s voice hurls the novel briefly into theast Even then its real complexities are emotional rather than narrative and deal with irrational love the love of a son for a father he doesn t really know the father s love for an essentially unlovable wife hers for her despicable brother Amir and a young man s for the literature of a eople that thoughtlessly oppress him This was such a hard book to read If it was the intention of the author the Zanzibar born Abdulrazak Gurnah to instill in the reader the same feeling of melancholy and listlessness experienced by his rotagonist he succeededIt was until about about halfway through the book that I began to appreciate the narrative of a young man abandoned by his father brought to an unfriendly London by his maternal uncle who disdained him while supporting him financially but not in ways that really mattered When writing home to his mother I enjoyed the way he usually wrote two versions of his letter The first one so honest that it could not be sent followed by a second one filled with The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 platitudes and half truthsIn the third and final section we finally hear the father s story set against a background of colonization followed by decolonization This is not the book that won this author the Booker Prize nomination I shall read that book next year Such superb writing This novel delved into a range of complex issues with a gentleness ofrose Thanks to this author s talent I was able to enjoy both the The National Debt: A Short History plot and nuanced storytelling Couldn t finish I tried but it just didn t do it for me so I m not rating it It would be unfair to rate something I never finished but have no desire at all toick up again The main reason I didn t enjoy it was because the narrative style was so detached like the narrator hadn t experienced any of the events and was merely relating someone else s life There also didn t seem to be any drive or Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia's Black Pacific point or anchor to the story And whilst I ve read books that do that and have ended up enjoying them the cold narrative made it far from enjoyable It could have been really something anderhaps if I d carried on it would have changed my mind But I have so many books to read and so little time so I decided it was time to ass on it for now Sorry author I first came across Abdulrazak Gurnah s fiction when his 1994 novel Paradise was short listed for the Booker Prize And while it s been many years now since I read it I remember being impressed by it So when I saw that he had a new novel coming out this season I jumped at the chance to get a review copy Thanks to Bloomsbury USA for sending me the review copy I admit I was secretly hoping to discover a new hit before it reached booksellersWell I had the wrong ublication date so the novel s in fact already for sale but importantly I m afraid Gravel Heart doesn t live up to my expectations It s hard to talk about this book without giving away some things but it s a novel in which for the most art nothing really happens so I won t give away too much And I won t give away the one small mystery that runs throughout the novel But if you don t want to hear any spoilers better close this hereThe first erson narrative begins by telling us a bit about Salim s childhood in Zanzibar The details are a little haz. A owerful story of exile migration and betrayal from the Booker Prize shortlisted author of ParadiseSalim has always known that his father does not want him Living with his arents and his adored Uncle Amir in a house full of secrets he is a bookish child a dreamer haunted by night terrors It is the 1970s and Zanzibar is changing Tourists arrive the island's white sands obscuring the memory of recent conflict the longed for independence from. ,
The Hiding Place parents have split up There s a dark secret surrounding why and no one is willing to talk about it Salim lives with his mother His father has moved out of the home and lives with friends in the same town for a while but then moves to Kuala Lumpur with his own fatherIn the meantime Salim is sent to England to attend university under theatronage of his uncle his mother s brother Amir who is a condescending exacting minor diplomat and a complete ass most of the timeMy roblem with the novel is really that the first two thirds are just lain dull Salim talks about events that could be heart wrenching and momentous but they re all narrated very matter of factly then within a age or two Salim moves on to the next relationship the next hardship as if the revious one really had no impact upon himThen suddenly two thirds of the way through the book Salim goes back home after his mother dies and his father has returned to Zanzibar For Salim s entire life his father has never really spoken Now suddenly he launches into a monologue that lasts the remaining third of the novel In it we get a lot of The Elephants Journey politics and history of the region which is only tangentially related to the family story And then finally we get an explanation of the family mystery It s the onlyart of the novel where any Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' passion emergesIt s a book about family but also about self exile about being an immigrant to the country that has colonized your own country about identity But I really believe the father s life should have been the subject of the novel the Salim story is just in the way It would have been compelling and readable But it comes so late in this novel that I had already lost interest I m afraid Soerhaps take a ass on Gravel Heart and ick up Gurnah s Paradise if you re interested in giving his work a go I received a free advance copy of this novel through Netgalley in return for an honest reviewThere were so many aspects of this novel that appealed to me It is set Changing Face of the Hero partially in Zanzibar a country I don t think I have ever encountered in literature and deals with a young man s move to Britain the original coloniser of his home country I expected an exploration of the immigrant experience and the legacy of colonialism and while these themes wereresent they were dealt with in a way that left me surprisingly unmovedMuch of this can be attributed to the strangely reserved writing in which so many interactions and events are simply reported by the narrator that it left me feeling very little connection to the story Even Salim himself came into focus only occasionally through the letters he wrote and rewrote to his The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry parents in Zanzibar and Kuala Lumpur but these were brief glimpses between long narrativeassages in which his StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story personality again retreated into obscurity Aside from Salim all of the otherlayers appeared as set decoration with very little to distinguish them Rarely speaking directly and little described they felt tangential to the story and often to Salim s life A sense of It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life place is also strangely absent Physical descriptions of Zanzibar and London are as fleeting and colourless as the descriptions of the characters That is until towards the end when there is alunge into the history and crimes of colonialism This is so sudden and so weighty it is something of a shock since apart from short asides and brief glimpses I found this issue largely and regrettably unexplored in the rest of the novelPerhaps all of this was deliberate and intended to express Salim s isolation his restlessness and rootlessness but it robbed the story of impact and made it rather unmemorable 25 stars rounded to 3Salim has a complicated childhood At one Lignin Biodegradation point he lives with his mom dad and uncle Amir in a humble dwelling in Zanzibar One day withoutrevious notice his dad Pure Chance packs up his things and moves out Stranger still Saida his mother meets with a strange man often but offers no explanation When he is older his uncle Amir now a diplomat sponsors him and brings him to live with him and his family to London Though Salim does his best tolease his uncle tensions arise and secrets that had been bruried come to lightThis is a tricky book to
rate While the rose is nicely written and there are aspects of the novel I liked generally speaking I did notWhile the rose is nicely written and there are aspects of the novel I liked generally speaking I did not this book With 1970 s Zanzibar as the background I initially thought this to be historical ficton but this work is character driven I would have loved information on the British colonialism in Zanzibar for that is not an area I am not exactly familiar with The opening line intrigue. British colonialism swiftly followed by bloody revolution When his father moves out retreating into disheveled introspection Salim is confused and ashamed His mother does not discuss the change nor does she explain her absences with a strange man; silence is layered on silenceWhen glamorous Uncle Amir now a senior diplomat offers Salim an escape the lonely teenager travels to London for college But nothing has repared him for the biting cold.
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It To Be Uite Misleadingto be uite misleading well The novel deals with displacement migration and belonging The main topic though appears to be family betrayal and secrets The build up and eventual reveal of Salim s father secret I did find to be worth the wait Having said this the characters were uite flawed Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church particularly the uncle the nerve of this guy in critizing Salim when he was hardly a model house guest himself As a whole I found the narrative distant detached and difficult to become fully invested in Maybe I am just not accustomed to this author sarticular style All #And All This Book Was Different Than I Expected This #all this book was different than I expected This is a hard one to rate It was definitely worth the read It has A (kinda) Country Christmas problems It s character driven thanlot The characters are all terribly flawed See of my book reviews on my blog Literary FlitsGravel Heart is a first erson narrated novel exploring themes of isolation exile and family loyalties from the oint of view of Salim a child at the beginning of our story The book is written in a dignified and reserved style which initially made it difficult for me to get into the story Emotions are strong but stifled under conventions of honorable behaviour and rivacy so alongside Salim we experience several decades of uncertainty and exiled alienation There are flashes of open insight when we get to read excerpts from unsent letters and I articularly liked this contrastThe most interesting aspec i cannot say that i liked this book i don t know there is much to like but about this later but there are authors and gurnah is one of them that are so good so established so deep that you read their books and cannot but find that the writing is full of wonder and wisdom the sense i get is that these writers writers who have been writing forever not to win National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 prizes but to tell the truth about their countries don t care about how they will be received there is an inner compulsion a story that needs to be told and they sit down and write it let the marketers market it the sentence that starts the book is deceiving salim is not unloved by his father what instead happens is that at someoint his father moves out of the small barebones family shack he shares with his wife and son and takes up living in almost complete mutism in the back of a friend s store salim and salim s mother keep taking care of him by bringing him food because the man has become retty much unable to function when he does speak his words appear to be entirely nonsensical eventually salim becomes old enough to be sponsored by his maternal uncle a functionary at the zanzibar embassy in london as a foreign student in england he leaves africa behind and becomes an immigrant or a refugee where does the line lie between immigrants and refugees a big chunk of the novel takes lace in london and then brighton i won t say much about this bit except that salim appears to be Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism profoundly dislocated both externally and internally he can only hang out with other african or south asian students and has difficulty creating meaningful relationships with women in spite of being gifted andrecocious he is unable to make anything of himself the big Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory promise of the west falls flat for him mostly because he finds it an empty and unappealingromise the taking up of which would reuire a renunciation of his soul by the end we learn what really happened to the father a very nice Charming the Firefighter payoff for the readers who have dragged themselves through the story of salim s misery but this is something you have to find out for yourself i think salim s dislocation incapacity to bond with anyone incapacity to care and yet fundamental kindness are meant to be both a result of his father s and to some extent mother s rejection and a reflection or embodiment of the corruption to which his country has fallenrey and of colonial brutality the two being inextricably linked this book is ultimately a big critiue of the west and in articular of english colonialism of its having run roughshod for centuries over the lives of generations of brown skinned eople only to become the mecca to which these same Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales people lacking real opportunity in their own countries are forced to flock in further humiliation it s a story of debasement historical trauma and theersonal and global alienation forced by the west on the developing world i was really taken by the kindness uite a number of the novel s characters extend to each other there are certainly evil The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles people in this book but there are manyeople mostly men this is a book full of men who are caring tender and generous to a fault thanks to netgalley and bloomsbury for an advance copy of this book. And seething crowds of this hostile city Struggling to find a foothold and to understand the darkness at the heart of his family he must face devastating truths about those closest to him and about love sex and ower Evoking the immigrant experience with unsentimental recision and rofound understanding Gravel Heart is a owerfully affecting story of isolation identity belonging and betrayal and Abdulrazak Gurnah's most astonishing achievemen.