The Enchantress of Florence
Publish date: June 28th 2008
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Magical Realism
I am of mixed opinions about this ambitious novel. On the one hand, there is Rushdie's always-clever, always-engaging language, a plot intertwined with world-shaping epics, interesting characters, and a puzzle. On the other hand, there's a sagging quality to the narrative at times, a distance from t...
Not a huge fan of modern European literature; enjoyed this but did not love it. Language is wonderful; story telling is fun. Like an Arabian Nights tale.
When this book was chosen for my real life bookclub, I was a little nervous about it. I'd never read anything of Salman Rushdie's before, and I wouldn't have chosen this one to start with (if ever). I'll be honest, the premise looks kind of boring. But then I started reading it. And I was completely...
A story for sensualists, with very intricate storytelling that failed to grab me. I understand its appeal, especially to men, but I found it tedious. I tried to keep going, but gave up before the end. So much of the magical realism I've tried recently has been a total let-down. Is this a good exampl...
I will leave plot synopsis to others. I enjoyed his lyricism and way with words. Several times I found myself re-reading or copying down a sentence just to appreciate it's beauty and wisdom. What I enjoyed far less was the very meandering nature of the book; like Russian nesting dolls, there is a...
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