- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (6 January 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679640517
- ISBN-13: 978-0679640516
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,86,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is ‘history’ jubilantly mixed with postmodernist magic realism.”
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“A baroque whirlwind of a narrative . . . [Rushdie helps] us escape from the present into a dreamlike past that ultimately makes us more aware of the dangers and illusions of our everyday lives.”
–Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune
“Brilliant . . . Rushdie’s sumptuous mixture of history and fable is magnificent.”
–Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian (London)
“For Rushdie, as for the artists he writes about, the pen is a magician’s wand. . . . One of his best [novels].”
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“[A] prodigious fever dream of a book.”
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“Beyond its magical razzle-dazzle lays a work of steely contemporary resonance, rich in slyly metafictional allusions.”
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About the Author
Salman Rushdie is the author of nine previous novels: Grimus; Midnight’s Children (which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981 and, in 1993, was judged to be the “Booker of Bookers,” the best novel to have won that prize in its first twenty-five years); Shame (winner of the French Prix de Meilleur Livre Etranger); The Satanic Verses (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel); Haroun and the Sea of Stories (winner of the Writers Guild Award); The Moor’s Last Sigh (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel); The Ground Beneath Her Feet (winner of the Eurasian section of the Commonwealth Prize); Fury (a New York Times Notable Book); and Shalimar the Clown (a Time Book of the Year). He is also the author of a book of stories, East, West, and three works of nonfiction– Imaginary Homelands, The Jaguar Smile, and The Wizard of Oz. He is co-editor of Mirrorwork, an anthology of contemporary Indian writing.
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I enjoyed this book very much. I found the settings and characters interesting and enjoyed it's reflections about storytelling and its story-within-story framing narrative. While there is a sharp departure from India to Italy in the second part of the book, Rushdie does ultimately tie everything together in a satisfactory way that explains the mystery of the character known as the "Mogor dell'Amore". If you keep reading, your patience will be rewarded.
I particularly enjoyed Rushdie's account of Akbar the Great and his capital city of Fatehpur Sikri in northwest India. In fact, when I had a chance to visit India 4 months later, I made a point of visiting Fatehpur Sikri which is one hour from Agra where the famed Taj Mahal is. Most tourists to India visit Agra but don't take the time to visit Akbar's city. The beautiful red sandstone buildings are well-preserved and definitely worth visiting for a half or whole day. My visit to Fatehpur Sikri was one of the highlights of my trip to India, in part because I could picture Akbar and his court thanks to Rushdie's vivid account of them.
As Lady Black Eyes weaves her magic through the powerful, her story unfolds, revealing a dark world just coming into the light--the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Rushdie did extensive reading before writing this novel, and it shows. His knowledge, gifted language skills, exciting imagination, and sense of humor combine to make this a book to remember.