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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Feb 03, Lena Lenina rated it it was ok. Yet, Grimus did eventually win me over. Oct 27, Anette rated it it was amazing. I am giving this book 2 out of 5 stars. I guess it is a good thing that rrushdie novel was written, because who knows, without this novel, Rushdie might not have had the chance to perfect his art, and his later masterpieces might not have been written.

It was not well received but it isn’t hard to read. This is shown through the idea of “dimension fever”. He disturbs the town there, as well. You don’t really know which parts are significant and which are insignificant and which are just there.

I think one should jump right into Midnight’s Children, but if its length is too imposing, you could try Grimus or Shame to get your feet wet.

There are a few characters here, who all interact with Flapping Eagle during his stay. Paperbackpages. Nov 23, Riddhiman rated it really liked it. In fact, it’s so horribly foreshadowed, that I don’t believe what happened in the end.


Grimus Reader’s Guide

There he meets other immortals obsessed with their own stasis and sets out to scale the island’s peak, from which the mysterious and corrosive Grimus Effect emits. Rushdie never lacked for imagination, and it is ample evidence here.

There is no reason to suppose that Eagle has the willpower brimus the morality to resist the power of Grimus.

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 let it go. Nov 02, Chris Holt rated it it was ok. Oct 31, Shailesh Dhume rated it it was ok. And, truth be told, literary fiction as read voluntarily is kind of a new engagement for me though my initial choice to try Gri For an author who I’ve heard of spoken in such reverent tones for so long before finally acclimating myself to, my first exposure to Salman Rushdie ‘s work was not at all revelatory.


I can not forget this book no matter how hard I try and for me, that means it’s a damn good book. I think the answers to all are both “yes” as well as “no. Is this why Grimus seems so muddled at times? That is what makes the novel so muddled within genre, and is arguably the root cause of its critical failure.

Grimus by Salman Rushdie – Reading Guide – : Books

And, truth be grimmus, literary fiction as read voluntarily is kind of a new engagement for me though my initial choice to try Grimus as opposed to, say, Midnight’s Children was based on the fact that Grimus is marketed as science fiction, the sort of genre book I gravitate toward. It started out promising, but somehow got lost and turned rather messy in the middle which made it quite a difficult read I typically take delight in non-sensical reads.

The ggimus style is quite different from his other more well known novels. In essence, this type of SF novel shows the journey of a person learning the value of non-conformity. Everything goes obviously, because this is a badly written fantasy.

Revelation that the great Salman Rushdie isn’t good enough a writer to write SF. Love Rushdie, but this is not his be This is Rushdie in the rough. The story focuses on Flapping Eagle, who drinks an elixir which gives him eternal life, given to him by his sister, who deserts him. This was my first time reading Salman Rushdie and I’ve heard his books should be amazing, and since this is just his debut novel, I might give him a second chance, but this was not enjoyable for me.

Everything made mostly sense in the end, but it’s not enjoyable xalman a book where you constantly have no idea what is going on. If this is what Salman Gdimus manages to write straight out of the authorship gate I’m not sure if I’m more excited to think of the literary treats in store for me, or xalman to think that the rest of the books won’t live up to the promise of Grimus. So the fact that Rushdie could be writing an autobiography in metaphor is no indication that he actually did.

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This is Rushdie in the rough. Jun 30, Apu Borealis rated it really liked it Shelves: And sometimes, just sometimes, it’s a book that just stays with me for no apparent reason that makes it good.

View all 4 comments. Do you deny that I have steered a course between the infinite potential presents and futures in order to make this meeting possible? Your words serve only to spin cocoons around your own irrelevance.

Now that sapman would make anyone want to explore more Rushdie.

There were several fantastic and other-worldly elements perhaps I really am just not suited to reading fantasy that this book springs on to the reader, and frankly, after several pages of those, I just couldn’t care less.

Email required Address never made public. Hence, I couldn’t help but feel like Rushdie overused deus ex machina as a plot device in this book, as new magical things were constantly being introduced, especially when Flapping Eagle finally reached the house of Grimus above the mountain in Calf Rgimus. The most striking part of this story was that it presents a world in which people are aware that the world they inhabit is only one of a series of alternative worlds.

It’s not yet the polished and poetic style that it would develop into. To a large extent it has been brimus by academic critics; though Peter Kemp’s comment is particularly vitriolic, it does give an idea of the novel’s initial reception: