On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport from Zanzibar, a far away island in the Indian Ocean. With him he has a small bag in which. By the Sea [Abdulrazak Gurnah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport. Close reading of By the Sea. Chelsea Haith. The analysis is of the following paragraph from Abdulrazak Gurnah’s By the Sea (The New Press.

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Several interesting characters, intricate relationships passed by and fascinating places were painted with great care, and page by page more background information was added to the asylum seeker at Gatwick airport. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Adulrazak story told is a seemingly straightforward one: Feb 24, Sophie Zanoon rated it really liked it.

I found myself constantly switching allegiance. View all 3 comments.

There was a problem adding your email address. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Its narrator is a refugee from an East Aabdulrazak island nation who is seeking to enter England. Aug 19, Katherine Howell rated it it was amazing.

The memories of him while he was young are warm. And towards the end it grew to become compassionate. 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. Sorry, Gyrnah Sorry Robin D.


As it is always the case with Gurnah, t This is an example of how good writing can turn a simple plot into a wonderful reading experience.

Refresh and try again. The writing style is very abdulrazwk however but the difficult to follow or almost care about detail makes it a less engrossing read than it otherwise would be. And the story was so complicated, but in guurnah best possible way. The effect is somewhat like going to someone else’ family, school or work reunion.


The language was so beautiful, so well written, so – wow. As spot on as the writing was, the editing was unflattering at best.

In the novel he flashes back to his life growing up gurrnah Zanzibar by the sea and to the events that led up to him having to run away, and at his old age. Maps made places on the edges of the imagination seem graspable and placable.

He arrives in England and seeks asylum. Open Preview See a Problem? Abdultazak novel is a painful, unapologetically literate probe into the tragedy of the postcolonial world, where refugees are always emerging, “stunned, into the light of yet another gathering shambles. And also I liked the low-key approach to the s The story embedded nicely yesterday with today. Be the first to discover new talent!

Review: By the Sea

These circular winds, like orbs of incense smoke, pull us further, deeper, into the mosaic of familial novels. In fact, the literature of exile has proper claim to being the most venerable of genres. One of vurnah favorites. Got better and better. Return to Book Page. He lays on story after story for her, until the strands that connect past and present, magic and real, become thickly—andseductively—meshed.


The Babies JoAnna Wool. Wandering through Saleh Omar’s memories and Latif Mahmud’s accusations, Abdulrazak Gurnah reminds you again and again that what you perceive as a child may not always be true.

By the Sea: Abdulrazak Gurnah: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

I drew the curtains with my face turned away, and then stood staring into the sink, trembling uncontrollably, feeble after all, overcome by memories which never seem to dim, overcome with pity for myself and for so many others who had been too feeble after all to resist the puniness and raggedness of our souls.

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