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The Last Gift by Abdulrazak Gurnah

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The Last Gift by Abdulrazak Gurnah

The Last Gift by Abdulrazak Gurnah
The Last Gift by Abdulrazak Gurnah
The Last Gift
opens with Abbas, a sixty-three-year-old man whose origins are, at first, unknown, returning to his residence in England after work.
He is a conscientious, driven man, he is also very private, keeping to himself and not sharing his past even with his family.

Collapsing
Collapsing,
he is taken to the hospital, where, worried, in pain, and thinking he might die, he realizes “that he had left things for too long, as he had known for so many years. There was so much he should have said, but he had allowed the silence to set until it became immovable.” He regards himself as a “sinful traveller fallen ill in a strange land, after a life as useless as a life could be.”

Hanna
,
the daughter of Abbas and his wife Maryam, now calls herself Anna and works as a teacher, while their son Jamal is working on a doctorate tracing migration patterns from Africa and Asia into England.
Jamal
never quite believes in the story of his mother as a foundling, and he has the feeling, regarding his father, that “There was something to be ashamed of, something that had been with him most of his life.”


The Last Gift
,
is which brings Abdulrazak Gurnah the greater recognition he deserves.
The most detailed and complex novel he has written on the subjects of immigration and displacement so far, The Last Gift is a multigenerational novel.

The Themes of The Last Gift
Silence: is the lack of audible sound or presence of sounds of very low intensity. AS we know that Abbas prefer to keep silence the truth from his children , because it's more difficult for children to listen to their home country was colonized by European. My be his excuse because he didn’t want his children to think about their originality and their life in Africa , how their family dehumanized and how they are treated as a slaves . Abbas has passed by a hardship in his life that he had feel sorry for that and he prefer to keep his privacy life because he didn’t want his children suffer and feel the pain like him .
Silence:
is the lack of audible sound or presence of sounds of very low intensity. AS we know that Abbas prefer to keep silence the truth from his children , because it's more difficult for children to listen to their home country was colonized by European. My be his excuse because he didn’t want his children to think about their originality and their life in Africa , how their family dehumanized and how they are treated as a slaves . Abbas has passed by a hardship in his life that he had feel sorry for that and he prefer to keep his privacy life because he didn’t want his children suffer and feel the pain like him .
Miscommunication :

A failure to communicate accurately . Communicate is very important for all of us because we can't live at a place with human being in a social life but at the same time nobody is an able to communicate with you and you are an able to communicate with other and even if you try to communicate everybody will refused that . In the novel we find that Abbas lived in London he start his life from nothing , he except that British are proud of themselves, they are not ready to came close to the foreign to communicate and understand him or offer to him a help . So Abbas except that he is alone in society nobody will support him or to communicate with him but Abbas depended on himself and build his life from the zero .
Immigration:

Is the movement of people into another country or region. Immigration is a result of a number of factors, including economic or political reasons. we can criticized the character of Abbas that he didn’t leave his country because of the ware but because his family forced him to marry someone .So he decided to immigrate to another country because he is a man and he has personality to say his opinion and decided whatever he want .
Identity :
Is a person's conception and expression of their individuality or group affiliations . Abbas was a seller work in Africa but when he immigrate to Britain he start to work hard even if he had suffer he improve himself . So he gained a good position in Britain , he teach a writer in United Kingdom Universities.
Additional information

Suffering
:
Suffering, or pain in a broad sense,[1] is an experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with the perception of harm. We find in the novel that Abbas is more suffer than his children because he was forced by his family to marry and he didn’t agree and he was suffer from his country that was colonized by European .But he prefer to keep silence and find another way to restart his life when he decided to migrate to Britain.
Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in Tanzania but has lived in Britain, and his many novels reflect that migrant experience. In his eighth novel The Last Gift is a story of middle aged African man facing mortality , whose final offering to his wife and two children is the truth about his past . Abbas returns to the themes of the suffering , displacement, identity , miscommunication , silence , nostalgia, immigration and loyalty.
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