Book Chat 15: Salman Rushdie/The Enchantress of Florence
BuffySquirrel said...Just how necessary to the book was the paean to brothels? I wonder.
Evil Editor said...I saw one of his novels on a list of the best rock and roll novels ever.
These were a scream - including how that comma was placed in the last one.
Evil Editor said...I remember that comma.
sylvia said... I think the humour worked partially because it was so unexpected. I can see people could have issues with cultural appropriation - taking myths and legends and reinterpreting them. I meant to look up whether he got any negative repercussions from that.
Dave F. said...I think we onl see Akbar from inside his head and therefore, his imaginary wife is always present.
sylvia said...She was certainly totally focused on him.
ril said...From his perspective...
Sylvia said...It sort of brings new meaning to "reason for living" though :)
sylvia said...I really wanted to see that touched on again.
Dave F. said...Look at his descriptions of his sons, all raised in some unacceptable way, all with character flaws, all ready to overthrow him, brilliant yet flawed... and yet he imagines a perfect wife. He has a seraglio of wives and none as pure as his vision. But then enters a stranger, a story teller who charms his way into the kingdom. Remember those lines about how the other Rulers were mere men and didn;t believe in divine right? And Akbar did? This is Akbar's dream kingdom.
Robin S. said...I didn't need a dictionary as much as I needed a contextual guidepost - because I was quiet literally out of my realm, historically. I had no mental map markers to help me on my way. Like being lost in a foreign country, and being frustrated by that until becoming acclimated. And I think that may have been part of the point, at least for Western readers.There was a lot of exploring and traveling and other-word to conquer, both as a character in the novel, and as a reader of it.