A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present- day Thunderous and touching.” –Financial Times. The extraordinary literary debut of Salman Rushdie. Flapping Eagle is a young Axona Indian gifted with immortal life after drinking an elixir from his wayward. Praise for Salman Rushdie’s Grimus “A fireworks of a book: beautiful, funny, and endlessly surprising.” —Ursula K. Le Guin “A mixture of science fiction and.

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It was not well received but it isn’t hard to read. Gfimus, like myself, can become gravediggers. Everything goes obviously, because this is a badly written fantasy. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The “plot” was all o The most remarkable thing about Grimus? I mean the story is crazy, and I like crazy.

Jul 07, Paul Hamilton rated it liked it Shelves: He would eventually switch to a more lucid style from Midnight’s Children onward. Additionally, there is the character of Grimus, who seems to be the only one who knows how Flapping Eagle could eventually die.

The eschewing of standard quotation marks in favor of initializing dashes and then mixing narrative with dialogue, the flipping of perspective and point of view without consideration, the excessive rusjdie of the semicolon—all probably nothing more in the end than stylistic choices but ones which I feel detract far more than they add to the prose.


Grimus by Salman Rushdie

I typically take delight in non-sensical reads. The first book from Rushdie is a magical voyage that successfully merges the magical realism of Marquez with Rushdie’s own distillation of Indian mythology and tradition. Obsession or single mindedness is the only thing that can keep dimension fever at bay. This is a horrible book.

Left to shift for himself, he tends to wallow and drift and take the path of least resistance until forced to do otherwise.

It’s, in a way, like Waiting For Godot, trafficking in literary negative space enough that you can find meaning in small passages or decide that moments which seem to be pivotal to the plot are disposable.

I wonder why he chose this rkshdie for his first outing. This world is inhabited by other potion-drinking immortals, and is presided over by the strange and powerful Grimus — a doppelganger of Flapping Eagle.

Which is to say, not at all. I didn’t really root for Flapping Eagle and wasn’t interested in the characters at all.

Grimus Reader’s Guide

Rushdie’s writing here is workmanlike but he’s still developing a craft. This page was last edited on 20 Marchat It started out promising, but somehow got lost and turned rather messy in the middle which made it quite a difficult read for me. Perhaps he just likes writing about people getting it on. The sentences are rough, but the story – clear. There are flaws in the book I think he tries to pack too much in the book to the point that the story line becomes convoluted at timesbut interspersed with the moments of nonsense there were some real gems.


So the fact that Rushdie could be writing an autobiography in metaphor is no indication that he actually did.

Grimus – Salman Rushdie

This is a mess. There are a few characters here, who all interact with Flapping Eagle during his stay. There is no reason to suppose that Eagle has the willpower or the morality to resist the power of Grimus.

The book is based on a 12th century Sufi poem and covers themes of human identity and meaning. After meeting a bizarre cast of characters, while embarking on his two Although Rushdie disowns his first novel, it is not that bad. By the end I got a headache and couldn’t care less about any of it.

Jun 13, Petra Eggs rated it did not like it Shelves: In fact, I was hoping for all of them to boil their heads. Nov 23, Riddhiman rated it really liked it.

The tone of Grimus can be uneven, and appears to suffer a little from a lack of authorial direction. Flapping Eagle spends most of his time wishing unashamedly for conformity, and I end up wanting him to go away as much as any of the communities that exclude him.