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Welcome to Paradise

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  72 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The Strait of Gibraltar, the 10-mile-wide waterway separating Europe and Africa, is where, at night, immigrant traffickers pit themselves against two sets of coast guards. The passengers include people such as Kacem, an escapee from the civil war in Algeria; Nuara, with her unborn child, whose husband hasn't been in touch for months since moving to France; and Aziz, the yo ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Granta UK (first published January 1st 1999)
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Mar 04, 2016 Jamila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Binebine's novel immediately places us in the complex, sordid, and filthy--yes, filthy--business of migration over the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco to Spain. Under no uncertain terms is this a journey to be romanticized, as the narrative makes clear by the contrast of "Paradise" in the translated title and the opening pages describing of Reda's gastrointestinal problems. (The original French language title, 'Cannibales,' functions differently) Yet this is simultaneously an opportunity to sho ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Eamonn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mahi Binebine is the first Moroccan writer I have read and I really liked this for the important subject matter it addresses.
The desperations and aspirations are finely portrayed, in a situation that has become an industry unto itself across Fortress Europe. The yearnings for European utopia are particularly touching as a reader from a Europe that is looking increasingly dystopian and unwelcoming of anyone not able to offer blood and profit.
I hope to read Mahi Binebine's other translated novel s
Feb 24, 2013 Maura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Best of the Morocco fiction I've read to date. The story is engaging while remaining just to the good side of being overly dramatic. The stories of corruption and various ways people suffer in North Africa are sad but probable.
Jul 11, 2014 Marina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great character development but nothing else really
Jul 24, 2012 Lil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Impressive and harrowing. The writing (or should I say the translation) is at many times poetic and poignant, reaching its greatest heights when it describes the hopes of this group of people with their sights set on their new lives in France. Just putting that level of desperation into words for a group that's learned to remain silent and invisible is remarkable in itself; to do it in a way that feels so real, that doesn't have a hint of condescension but that surprises you repeatedly, is a rea ...more
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Mar 07, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
I won this book on a giveaway. I am not even sure how to write a review simply because I found the book to be quite bland. I was pretty shocked by one particular section where the main character spoke about his teacher having relations with him. I was not expecting that part. The characters themselves did have interesting backgrounds but the story could have been told better.
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Oct 20, 2007 Danee . rated it liked it
harkens to the stranger in its abstraction (and morrocan beach element) but also all those heartbreaking stories of people trying to get accross the rio grande and sonoran desert.
Mar 01, 2008 Linjea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interessant thema, slecht geschreven en saai.
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That ending. Uff da.
Dewayne Stark
poverty and sadness
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