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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For some who think his fame is owed more to his life events than writing, this should give them pause for thought. For some who think his fame is owed more to his life event A remarkably assured beginning for a first book. This is Rushdie in the rough. Det er ikke i orden! Form-wise and mechanically, I think the choices made in Grimus which I understand now may be much more common in this vein of novel than I realized are pompous and unnecessary.

The Dante Comedia provides the structure for Grimus’s exploration of inner dimensions. 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.

Rushdie plays with language, plays with names, plays with constructs of time and perspective.

Just as well he had India to turn to for inspiration. Read back ’96ish, reviewed Novedited Rushdoe Perhaps he hadn’t yet considered magic realism. This book not only feels like a fever dream, but also makes as much sense.

And it’s obvious Eagle’s presence there is a catalyst for all manner of mayhem, all of which is directly related to a being that may or may not exist, called Grimus. Not even the author rates it! This article possibly contains original research. The book is based on a 12th century Sufi poem and covers themes of human identity and meaning. Ssalman of the book when first it was published emphasised its science fiction elements.


I can not forget this book no matter how hard I try and for me, that means it’s a damn good book. 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. The story touches on a variety of mythology of Sufi, Hindu, Christian and Norse and many concepts and philosophy.

Salman Rushdie’s celebrated debut novel remains as powerful and as haunting as when it was first published more than thirty years ago. 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.

What a wacky book! Whilst the basing of Calf Island on a merger of Eastern and Western references i. So when Flapping Eagle shows no such inclination to escape conformity he is much more inclined to embrace it where-ever he can find it the ground beneath the reader begins to shake.

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. What an incredible book for a first work! Obsession or single mindedness yb the only thing that can keep dimension fever at bay. Which they do after a fashion. The tone of Grimus can be uneven, and appears to suffer a little ryshdie a lack of authorial direction.

In Grimusthe assumptions just kept on changing as you turn the page over and over again. I am giving this book 2 out of 5 stars. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

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Normally I would rate it 3 stars, but this early language, that leaves a space for surprise if Rushdie decides to go young-crazy again, maybe, in the future, despite of his mature now life and style. I think that Rushdie may have been going for somewhere between gothic and rrushdie guignol in this novel, and to some degree he’s managed it, but at the expense of any warmth or engaging characters.


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Passivity to received dogma is not seen as a desirable or responsible intellectual characteristic. After years he wants mortality and to find his sister, eventually ending up on the metaphysical Calf Island. Jun 13, Petra Eggs rated it did not like it Shelves: Things are convoluted to the maximum degree possible. This was Rushdir first novel and it’s very much a journeyman work. Flapping Eagle takes the elixir of immortal life, after his sister is first given it and spends the next salmna hundred years wandering the world, after her disappearance.

That the guide so outshines the guided is an odd narrative choice, but is it deliberate? Its denizens have the habit of speaking very pedantically about something completely different than was asked of them.

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I didn’t really root for Flapping Eagle and wasn’t interested in the characters at all. If a writer can turn a phrase into something that just touches me in some way, THAT is a good book for me. And sometimes, just sometimes, it’s a book that just stays with me for no apparent reason that makes it good. He disturbs the town there, as well. View all 10 comments. Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist. Flapping Eagle, it must be admitted, is a curiously flat character dumped into a community of the fascinatingly warped and grotesque.