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  • Title: Grimus
  • Author: Salman Rushdie
  • ISBN: 9780812969993
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback

  • A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present day Thunderous and touching Financial TimesAfter drinking an elixir that bestows immortality upon him, a young Indian named Flapping Eagle spends the next seven hundred years sailing the seas with the blessing and ultimately the burden of living forever Eventually, weary of the A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present day Thunderous and touching Financial TimesAfter drinking an elixir that bestows immortality upon him, a young Indian named Flapping Eagle spends the next seven hundred years sailing the seas with the blessing and ultimately the burden of living forever Eventually, weary of the sameness of life, he journeys to the mountainous Calf Island to regain his mortality 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 Through a series of thrilling quests and encounters, Flapping Eagle comes face to face with the island s creator and unwinds the mysteries of his own humanity Salman Rushdie s celebrated debut novel remains as powerful and as haunting as when it was first published than thirty years ago A book to be read twice Grimus is literate, it is fun, it is meaningful, and perhaps most important, it pushes the boundaries of the form outward Los Angeles Times
    Salman Rushdie
    Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several countries, some of which were violent Faced with death threats and a fatwa religious edict issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Supreme Leader of Iran, which called for him to be killed, he spent nearly a decade largely underground, appearing in public only sporadically In June 2007, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to literature , which thrilled and humbled him In 2007, he began a five year term as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University.


    Commentaires:

    Petra X
    This is a horrible book. Not even the author rates it! It is interesting only because Rushdie plays around with the magical realism that will play a major part in his writing and touches on themes he will later explore in much greater depth.I don't recommend anyone who is thinking of reading Rushdie to think that as this is one of his shorter ones it would be a good one to start with, it really isn't a good read. Rather go for Shame with the wonderfully drawn character of the Virgin Ironpants (B [...]

    Taylor Kate Brown
    A recipe:Grimus, by Salman Rushdie1 future famous author30 helpings of Attar (see: Mantiq al-Tayr, aka "The Conference of the Birds")1 love storyMIT's theoretical physics department circa 1985 anda pinch of W.T.FBake for 10 years on high.Serves 1.

    Michael Finocchiaro
    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. It was a valiant first effort and is an exhilarating read. 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.

    Bokeshi
    The most remarkable thing about Grimus? Revelation that the great Salman Rushdie isn't good enough a writer to write SF. Such lush prose, such splendid imagination, and such a wasted opportunity. "Incoherent" would be putting it mildly. "Garbled gibberish" would perhaps be somewhat more accurate description. The beginning of the story was intriguing (albeit bizarre), but pretty soon things started to seem more like someone's bad LSD trip, and then it got progressively worse. The "plot" was all o [...]

    Lena Lang
    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. The burden of immortality , with which the protagonist grapples throughout the novel, sheds light on the absurdity of our daily neccessary denial of our own mortality. This is shown through the idea of "dimension fever".The residents of Calf island are required to occupy themselves with a singular idea in an effort to preserve thei [...]

    Chaitra
    No. Just no. Rushdie never lacked for imagination, and it is ample evidence here. But sometimes, all that imagination can go absolutely nowhere. This book not only feels like a fever dream, but also makes as much sense. Which is to say, not at all. Flapping Eagle is an (Amer)Indian, who has been given a potion for immortality doesn't drink it. Then he does. Then he wanders around aimlessly for seven hundred years, during which he comes across a mysterious figure wielding a stone wand. Nothing ha [...]

    Jen
    3.5 starsGrimus is Salman Rushdie���s first novel. Part fantasy, part folk-tale, and part science fiction, this book is a blend of mythology, mysticism, and religious symbolism. The book tells the tale of Flapping Eagle, a Native American man who becomes immortal and wanders the world for 777 years, 7 months, and 7 days until he attempts suicide and ends up in another world (a parallel dimension). The book is based on a 12th century Sufi poem and covers themes of human identity and meaning [...]

    Robert
    Although Rushdie disowns his first novel, it is not that bad. In fact I see it a sort of potential for what was to follow in later novels. Saying that Grimus does have a lot of flaws.The story focuses on Flapping Eagle, who drinks an elixir which gives him eternal life, given to him by his sister, who deserts him. After 777 years he wants mortality and to find his sister, eventually ending up on the metaphysical Calf Island. After meeting a bizarre cast of characters, while embarking on his two [...]

    Maria
    There are so many reason why I will feel a book is "good". Sometimes, it's simply the writing. If a writer can turn a phrase into something that just touches me in some way, THAT is a good book for me. Sometimes, it's just a character I come to love or a story I find intriguing. And sometimes, just sometimes, it's a book that just stays with me for no apparent reason that makes it good. This book's writing wasn't particularly moving, the story was just too bizarre to truly grasp, the characters [...]

    Agnieszka
    Having read a couple of Rushdie's most acclaimed books before this one I expected "the usual" Rushdie style. It was nothing like this. The book is early, and his writing - undecided, not fully grown up. And that's precisely what I liked about it. I mean the story is crazy, and I like crazy. But the words, the writing style (someone might say: inmature) I would call open (yet). The sentences are rough, but the story - clear. Normally I would rate it 3 stars, but this early language, that leaves a [...]

    Josie Shagwert
    actually a horrible book. but even rushdie said that about it! it was his first novel, and really sucked. but it is worth reading because he wrote it - and if you are an aspiring author it should give you hope that you can write a piece of crap and come back to be an amazing and well-respected writer.

    Paul Hamilton
    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. In retrospect, starting with Rushdie's first novel, Grimus, and one the author himself has spoken ill of, may not have been the most prudent way to experience the work of a storied novelist. And, truth be told, literary fiction as read voluntarily is kind of a new engagement for me though my initial choice to try Gri [...]

    Nicola
    What an incredible book for a first work! It may be trifle immature and a little puerile in parts but the vivid imagination behind it causes it to blaze out of the pages in glorious Technicolor.I've always loved mythology and Grimus has its roots in this grand old tradition. 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. If this is what Salman Rushdie manages to write straight out [...]

    Apu Borealis
    A remarkably assured beginning for a first book. All the Rushdie hallmarks Flamboyant, vividly imagined, stylishly written, and science fiction or fantasy, to boot. I wonder why he chose this genre for his first outing. Perhaps he hadn't yet considered magic realism. Sci-fi's loss, mainstream's gain. Conversely, one wonders how many Booker-worthy writers are hiding their light under the bushels of genres considered not literary enough.For some who think his fame is owed more to his life events [...]

    Kristel
    The debut of Rushdie was a fantasy novel which follows Flapping Eagle to Calf Islandlooking for his sister Bird Dog. Flapping Eagle has the gift of immortality which really is not something he desires but it makes it possible for him to make it to Calf. Calf is where people who have immortality go to live. The story touches on a variety of mythology of Sufi, Hindu, Christian and Norse and many concepts and philosophy. It was not well received but it isn't hard to read. It's not Rusdie's best but [...]

    Ann
    yow. incredible journey. the first chapter was my favorite. my favorite moment? when the rocking chair stopped. beautiful & simple. loved reading it as it was rushdie's first foray into fantastic realms. i prefer his other works, but as rushdie's 'beginning,' found the read fascinating. i would say the read was more interesting than the end, but enjoyed it nonetheless. oh, and p.s.? there was a brilliant meta-moment about 2/3 of the way into the book. loved it.

    Christine
    Rushdie critique's his own work in this book. Read carefully the debate between Gribbs, Elfrida, and Irna about whether stories should be well tied together or not. It seems to be the issue that Rushdie struggles with in his first novel. There are moments of mystery, but the drive to tie all the ends together makes it a bit too neat in the end.

    Bradley Smith
    While this book may be Rushdie's first, and therefore, lack some of the polish an genius he is known for, Grimus is a gripping and imaginative tale, which explores the human condition, gender, sexuality, and desire through immortality and its price.

    Raj
    This was Rushdie's first novel and it's very much a journeyman work. He does use the magical realism vehicle that he uses much better effect in later novels (such as the excellentMidnight's Children andThe Satanic Verses). It's difficult to identify themes that that he would come back to so it's best to just look at this as it comes.Flapping Eagle takes the elixir of immortal life, after his sister is first given it and spends the next several hundred years wandering the world, after her disappe [...]

    Maisarah
    I typically take delight in non-sensical reads. Magical realism (when done right) can unlock the surprisingly deep dimensions of the mind - things that you've never thought of, corners you've never explored and interpretations you've never considered. With Grimus, however, I do think that the thread of fantasy has been stretched out too far that its impact has been reduced. It started out promising, but somehow got lost and turned rather messy in the middle (which made it quite a difficult read [...]

    Adam Sidsworth
    This is Rushdie's first book, and it's a fine debut, although at times I found it a bit confusing. It's a short but dense novel, so don't rush through it. It tells the story of Flapping Eagle, who at over 700 years of age, received the gift of immortality from his sister, who promptly disappears. Flapping Eagle goes on a quest to find her, discovering that she may have fled to Calf Island, a mystical place guarded by the mysterious Grimus. I won't give away anymore, but the text is dense and a t [...]

    Lena Lenina
    This is Rushdie in the rough. You can see the seeds of his unique style, which will come out in its full glory in his later book. Grismus writing is still a little awkward, the fairy-tale aspect a little more trippy than in his later books. Rushdie wrote this book as an entry to a science-fiction competition, and it feels like the fantasy element is a little forced. Later he will learn how to strum this confidently, but in Grimus left me nauseous at times. Love Rushdie, but this is not his best. [...]

    Riddhiman
    This is Rushdie's first novel. The writing style is quite different from his other more well known novels. It is on the lines of what I prefer to term as 'collage writing'. He would eventually switch to a more lucid style from Midnight's Children onward. However, I quite enjoyed reading this. In fact this is the first ever Rushdie I read!

    Shailesh Dhume
    The book was a huge disappointment. Rushdie shows glimpses of his lyrical prose but that is just about it. Asinine story, drab characters and Rushdie's imagination run amok. Though it was his first book , not a good book at all to get introduced to his work.

    Jeruen
    I guess everyone has to start somewhere, right? While I have read several other novels by Salman Rushdie, which I loved, this one, which is his first published novel, just doesn't seem to make the cut. I have to say that this novel didn't give the best reading experience for me, knowing what his other books were like. It's not my most favorite Rushdie novel, and therefore if this book were the first novel of his I have read, I probably would not have read another Rushdie book. Hence, I am glad t [...]

    Chris Holt
    I'm a huge fan of Rushdie, but this did nothing for me. The bit about being willing to try anything twice is about all I even remember.

    Andy Morgan
    One of Rushdie's more difficult works, it proposes a number of questions - what is time? What is the nature of happiness? - without ever providing satisfactory answers.

    Tara J.
    too weird, absolutely no frame of reference.

    NikolayM
    ´Your words serve only to spin cocoons around your own irrelevance.'

    Rory
    Didn't finish.

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