Sunday, December 6, 2015

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Book synopsis(via Goodreads):

From one of the greatest writers of our time: the most spellbinding, entertaining, wildly imaginative novel of his great career, which blends history and myth with tremendous philosophical depth. A masterful, mesmerizing modern tale about worlds dangerously colliding, the monsters that are unleashed when reason recedes, and a beautiful testament to the power of love and humanity in chaotic times.
Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment, this is a spectacular achievement--enchanting, both very funny and terrifying. It is narrated by our descendants 1000 years hence, looking back on "The War of the Worlds" that began with "the time of the strangenesses": a simple gardener begins to levitate; a baby is born with the unnerving ability to detect corruption in people; the ghosts of two long-dead philosophers begin arguing once more; and storms pummel New York so hard that a crack appears in the universe, letting in the destructive djinns of myth (as well as some graphic superheroes). Nothing less than the survival of our world is at stake. Only one, a djinn princess who centuries before had learned to love humankind, resolves to help us: in the face of dynastic intrigue, she raises an army composed of her semi-magical great-great--etc.--grandchildren--a motley crew of endearing characters who come together to save the world in a battle waged for 1,001 nights--or, to be precise, two years, eight months and twenty-eight nights.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Random House Publishing Group for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***

This insomniac's opinion: 

This was my first Rushdie after hearing several people wax poetic about their love for Salman Rushdie's literature. I found it to be beautiful in many ways, but a tough book to read. There were so very many characters and such depth in each page that I had to read several pages twice. I loved the descriptive prose but really was very ready to turn the last page.

Worth staying up all night to read?

If you are a Rushdie fan, it may be. 


3 stars.


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