The Way to Paradise

The Way to Paradise

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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the nineteenth-century stories of civil rights campaigner Flora Tristàn and Paul Gauguin, the artist grandson who was born after her death, in a parallel tale that follows Flora's struggles with class imbalances and her grandson's effort to escape civilization. 40,000 first printing.

Holtzbrinck
The dramatic lives of two bold, independent adventurers--Paul Gaugin and his grandmother Flora Tristan, a trail-blazing women's suffragist--as imagined by "one of the master storytellers of our time" (Chicago Tribune Book World)

In 1844, Flora Tristán embarked on a tour of France to campaign for workers' and women's rights. In 1891, her grandson Paul Gauguin set sail for Tahiti, determined to escape civilization and paint primitive masterpieces. Flora died before her grandson was born, but their travels and obsessions unfold side by side in this deft, utterly absorbing novel.

Flora, the illegitimate child of a wealthy Peruvian father and French mother, grows up in poverty, and after fleeing a brutal husband, journeys to Peru to demand her inheritance. On her return, she makes her name as a popular writer and a champion of the downtrodden, setting herself the arduous task of touring the French countryside to recruit members for her Workers' Union. Paul, struggling painter and stubborn visionary, abandons his wife and five children for life in the South Seas, where his dreams of paradise are poisoned by syphilis, the stifling forces of French colonialism, and a chronic lack of funds, though he has his pick of teenage Tahitian lovers and paints some of his greatest works.

Affectionate, astute, and quietly caustic, this double portrait is a rare study in passion and ambition, as well as the obstinate pursuit of greatness in the face of illness and death, from Mario Vargas Llosa, whose previous novels, The Feast of the Goat, "pushed the boundaries of the traditional historic novel [in] a book of harrowing power and lasting resonance" (The New York Times).


Blackwell North Amer
In 1844, the famous socialist agitator and memoirist Flora Tristan embarked on a tour of France to campaign for workers' and women's rights. In 1891, her grandson Paul Gauguin set sail for Tahiti, determined to escape civilization and paint primitive masterpieces. Flora died before her grandson was born, but their travels and obsessions unfold side by side in the deft, utterly absorbing novel from one of Latin America's most celebrated writers.
Flora, the illegitimate child of a wealthy Peruvian father and a French mother, grows up in poverty and, after fleeing a brutal husband, journeys to Peru to demand her inheritance. On her return, she makes her name as a popular writer and a champion of the downtrodden, setting herself the arduous task of touring the French countryside to recruit members for her Workers' Union. Paul, a struggling painter and stubborn visionary, abandons his wife and five children for life in the South Seas. Although he has his pick of teenage lovers and paints some of his greatest works, Paul's dreams of paradise are poisoned by syphilis, the stifling forces of French colonialism, and a chronic lack of funds.

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& Taylor

Recounts the stories of civil rights campaigner Flora Tristan and Paul Gauguin, the artist grandson who was born after her death, in a tale that follows Flora's struggles with class imbalances and her grandson's effort to escape civilization.

Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2003
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374228033
0374228035
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wimmer, Natasha

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