The Way to Paradise

The Way to Paradise

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The Way to Paradise interweaves the story of the painter Paul Gauguin with that of his grandmother, Flora Tristan. In 1844, Flora embarked on a tour of France to campaign for workers' and women's rights. In 1891, her grandson set sail for Tahiti, determined to escape civilisation and seek out inspiration to paint his primitive masterpieces. Flora died before her grandson was born, but their travels and obsessions unravel side by side in this absorbing novel.

A rare study of passion, ambition and the determined pursuit of greatness in the face of illness, death and conservative forces, The Way to Paradise shows Mario Vargas Llosa at the peak of his powers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 23mm | 279g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 057122038X
  • 9780571220380
  • 183,282

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The Way to Paradise weaves an extraordinarily rich double fantasia around Gauguin's life, strenuously explores qualities in the works, and sets moral issues in a far wider, more real historical world ... riveting stuff, beautifully written, wild, exact, and visually stunning. Ruth Padel Independent
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"'It is riveting stuff, beautifully written, wild, exact and visually stunning.' Independent; 'A tender and gripping storyteller... his evocations of Gauguin's work are amongst the best that I have read.' Daily Mail"
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About Mario Vargas Llosa

With novels including The War of the End of the World, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto and The Feast of the Goat, Mario Vargas Llosa has established an international reputation as one of the Latin America's most important authors.
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3,157 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 26% (826)
4 39% (1,228)
3 25% (801)
2 8% (251)
1 2% (51)
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