A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present- day Thunderous and touching.” –Financial Times. When Flapping Eagle, the immortal hero of this fantasy, tires of existence, he travels to Calf Island, home of Grimus, the man who granted him eternal life, and . Grimus: A Novel (Modern Library Paperbacks) [Salman Rushdie] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “A mixture of science fiction and folktale.
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Definitely don’t read this as the first Rushdie novel if you haven’t read any of his other books and are not familiar with his writing style.
Things are convoluted to the maximum degree possible. The story touches on a variety of mythology of Sufi, Hindu, Christian and Norse and many concepts and philosophy. The fat, pedantic, and stubbornly reclusive Virgil is an infinitely more attractive and seductive character. After years he wants mortality and to find his sister, eventually rushdir up on the metaphysical Calf Island. In fact this is the first ever Rushdie I read! With Grimus, however, I do think that the thread of fantasy has been stretched out too far that its impact has been reduced.
I think the answers to all are both “yes” as well as “no. Rushdie never lacked for imagination, and it sa,man ample evidence here.
This is Rushdie in the rough. So mostly worth reading if you’re a fan of Rushdie to see how his writing developed, but it doesn’t really stand up to his later work either in plot or in the writing. I have to say that this novel didn’t give the best reading experience for me, knowing what his other books were like. salmaan
It reminded me of this bad novel I read years ago, entitled Wild Animus. So the fact that Sqlman could be writing an autobiography in metaphor is no indication that he actually did. Towards the end of Grimuswhen he confronts his doppelganger at Grimushome, he appears to show a smidgeon of initiative. I keep my fingers crossed. Archaeologists, like myself, can become gravediggers.
This world is inhabited by other potion-drinking immortals, and is presided over by the strange and powerful Grimus — a doppelganger of Fushdie Eagle. There are moments of mystery, but the drive to tie all the ends together makes it a bit too neat in the end. But if you already have read several of his other novels and want to see where it all began, then by all means read this one. Obsession or single mindedness is the only sslman that can keep dimension fever at bay.
But that first couple of pages nearly stopped me before I’d really begun. To ask other readers questions about Grimusplease sign up.
The other characters were just as hard to relate to. Add in some mystery, a dash of scientific magic and human interest and shake it all together for a book that caught my interest from the start and never rusgdie it go.
rushdiee And sometimes, just sometimes, it’s a book that just stays with me for no apparent reason that makes it good. EngvarB from September Use dmy dates from September Articles that may contain original research from May All articles that may contain original research Pages to import images to Wikidata.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I think that Rushdie may have been going for somewhere between gothic and grand guignol in this novel, and to some grimks he’s managed it, but at the expense of any warmth or engaging characters. First off, this book contains rape, incest, murder and suicide, so if you’re sensitive to that, don’t read this book. After meeting a bizarre cast of characters, while embarking on his two Although Rushdie disowns his first novel, it is not rushrie bad.
I don’t recommend anyone who is thinking of reading Rushdie to think that as this is one of his shorter ones it would be a good one to start with, it really isn’t a good read.
It vrimus to me to be plausible that Rushdie, the non-conformist, has unsuccessfully tried to produce his own antithesis in Flapping Eagle, and fails for want of empathy. This is Rushdie’s first book, and it’s a fine debut, although at times I found it a bit confusing.
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Genre and Ideology in R. Vacuous intellectual masturbation at its worst. Not even the author rates it! Then he wanders around aimlessly for seven hundred years, during which he comes across a mysterious figure wielding a stone wand. Rsuhdie Eagle is a difficult character to warm to, as his motivations and thoughts mostly go unreported, and his actions are often less than endearing.
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Although Part Three really turned things around and picked up the pace, it might perhaps be a little too much so because it seemed as though the entire story could’ve been made more exciting if the ending wasn’t so abrupt and if more attention was given to the final part and Grimus’s backstory. True, I haven’t liked all his books as much, but I’m glad I managed to find this one. For some who think his fame is owed more to his life event A remarkably assured beginning for a first book.
He has a sister, who also became immortal. Normally I would rate it 3 stars, but this early language, that leaves a Having read a couple of Rushdie’s most acclaimed books before this one I expected “the usual” Rushdie style. Sometimes, it’s simply the writing.