Really a different kind of book! The language is scintillating and the use of language to create an effect also appears to be at an altogether different level. Re. the story itself, as stated in the descriptions, it is about “moor” and his family history with asides about the coming of the Jews to India and about the role of pepper in getting the Portuguese to India, along with comments on various historical events and political personalities, though I really didn’t get the character of Vasco Miranda at the end. Overall, it is like a very spicy dish.
Rushdie weaves this one with such great writing and cold-bloodiness that some pieces deserve to be framed and hung in the study. The entire plot and the high-points in the book are found in wanting; but for the powerful characters (women) portrayed right from start to end, it's a must read. Not an easy read, but when you're regularly served gems of life, it's worth some effort.