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The Enchantress of Florence a Novel by Salman Rushdie - A Rich Blend of History and Fantasy

The Enchantress of Florence a Novel by Salman Rushdie - A Rich Blend of History and Fantasy

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The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel by Salman Rushdie

A Rich Blend Of History And Fantasy

Amazon Best of the Month, June 2008: Trying to describe a Salman Rushdie novel is like trying to describe music to someone who has never heard it--you can fumble with a plot summary but you wont be able to convey the wonder of his dazzling prose or the imaginative complexity of his vision. At its heart, The Enchantress of Florence is about the power of story--whether it is the imagined life of a Mughal queen, or the devastating secret held by a silver-tongued Florentine. Make no mistake, it is Rushdie who is the true enchanter of this story, conjuring readers into his gilded fairy tale from the very first sentence: In the days last light the glowing lake below the palace-city looked like a sea of molten gold. At once bawdy, gorgeous, gory, and hilarious, The Enchantress of Florence is a study in contradiction, highlighted in its barbarian philosopher-king who detests his bloodthirsty heritage even while he carries it out. Full of rich sentences running nearly the length of a page, Rushdies 10th novel blend s fact and fable into a challenging but satisfying read. --Daphne Durham Features: * BUY WITH CONFIDENCE, Over one million books sold! 98% Positive feedback. Compare our books, prices and service to the competition. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed * Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark. Ive been a fan of Rushdie for a long time and have read all of his fiction. While two reviewers in The New York Times (Michiko Kakutani and David Gates) gave The Enchantress of Florence negative reviews, I have lear ned to distrust reviews of professional reviewers of fiction; Im convinced that they are no longer able to truly enjoy fiction the way ordinary readers do since they cannot allow themselves to sink into the world created by the author but must instead maintain a critical distance. While their critical stance might allow them to enjoy some fiction, I think it completely interferes with their ability to appreciate a work of fantasy like The Enchantress of Florence. Rushdie is a great storyteller and his books are easy to enjoy if you allow yourself to believe in his characters and settings despite their frequent lack of reality. I enjoyed this book very much. I found the settings and characters interesting and enjoyed its reflections about storytelling and its story-withinstory framing narrative. While there is a sharp departure from India to Italy

in the second part of the book, Rushdie does ultimately tie everything together in a satisfactory way that explains the mystery of the character known as the Mogor dellAmore. If you keep reading, your patience will be rewarded. I particularly enjoyed Rushdies account of Akbar the Great and his capital city of Fatehpur Sikri in northwest India. In fact, when I had a chance to visit India 4 months later, I made a point of visiting Fatehpur Sikri which is one hour from Agra where the famed Taj Mahal is. Most tourists to India visit Agra but dont take the time to visit Akbars city. The beautiful red sandstone buildings are well-preserved and definitely worth visiting for a half or whole day. My visit to Fatehpur Sikri was one of the highlights of my trip to India, in part because I could picture Akbar and his court thanks to Rushdies vivid account of them.

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