By the Sea: By the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021

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By the Sea: By the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021

By the Sea: By the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021

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But really, did Lucy deserve to be attacked for assuming her heterosexual daughter was considering an affair with a man? And whether the exile is voluntary or forced, literal or metaphorical, displacement opens up a vivid cut of loss, a liability for myriad reinterpretation and retelling of whatever stories might lurk there, silted up in the alluvial grit of time.

There’s a scene in this novel where Lucy Barton is sitting in a car at a gas station and watches a policeman sitting in a cruiser. The poetry of storytelling completes the picture of history, of how we see ourselves, rather than being an addendum to culture. The book is set in a fictionalized Rosslare, the seaside village where we went every summer as children. It was going to be very short, seventy pages or so, and solely about childhood holidays at the seaside—very bare. I walked slowly so that I would not miss a turning or misread a sign, so that I would not attract attention too early by getting into a flutter of confusion.Gurnah's small town rhetoric is peppered with the effects colonialism has had and how the succession of power and independence failed miserably!

The characters in Abdulrazak Gurnah's By the Sea are all rooted in these lands, nourished by tropical breezes from the wide open sea, molded in the philosophy of kesho—in Kiswahili, the art of being carefree—a philosophy that has created its own architecture, fashions, and refined culture. The Colonel is also seen, at the beginning of Max's stay, to have a crush on Miss Vavasour; Max suspects Miss Vavasour had entertained the Colonel's slight infatuation prior to Max's own arrival. As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and on-again, off-again friend, William. And it's by the sea in London, where Saleh tries to build a new life--or at least to let what's left of his life end peacefully--that he has to face the painful past and finally lay it to rest.As the narrative progresses we get to know more about Lucy’s daughters and their respective lives- their childhood, professional and personal lives and their bond with their parents. Lisa Woollett is an expert on mudlarking and understands the natural world of the seashore and the objects which end up there. Clarity of perception alternates with doubt in a way that readers may recognise as vividly as the routines of bumped elbows, amateur hairdressing and DIY home plumbing. The through lines of our lives have veered beyond our control [during lockdown], yet some of us cling to the myth that we can find a path back to 2019. I picked up the book, and Lucy talks about taking a shower with water up to her ankles, and she talks about a baking soda and vinegar solution to fix it.

The impression we take away from the book is of a people whose real, complex, nuanced voice has never been heard before.These circular winds, like orbs of incense smoke, pull us further, deeper, into the mosaic of familial novels. Meg and Gran are so engrossed by what they can see in the rock pools, that they do not notice an approaching wave.

Gurnah left his native Zanzibar a year after a violent coup, arriving to study in the UK on the eve of Enoch Powell’s infamous ‘rivers of blood’ speech. There's something about Lucy that makes you feel as though you've known her forever, and could easily sit in a chair on a porch, listening to her regale you with stories from all different times in her life. It's their pride and greed, hidden behind a veneer of religion and holiness, supported by a belief in their own perception of right.What we know constantly reels us in to our ignorance, makes us see the world as if we were still squatting in that shallow tepid pool! Max's final days with Anna were awkward; Max does not know how to act with his soon-to-be-dead wife. However, I feel reading the preceding books in the Amgash series prior to this one would enable the reader to fully appreciate and feel invested in the character and her story.

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