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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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It started out promising, but somehow got lost and turned rather rshdie in the middle which made it quite a difficult read I typically take delight in non-sensical reads. The Dante Comedia provides the structure for Grimus’s exploration of inner dimensions.

So, he ends up salnan Calf Island, which is this place where everyone who have become tired of the world but doesn’t want to die somehow end up. So the fact that Rushdie could be writing an autobiography in metaphor is no indication that he actually did. And, truth be told, literary fiction as read voluntarily is kind of a new engagement for me though my initial choice to try Grimus as saoman to, say, Midnight’s Children was based on the fact that Grimus is marketed as science fiction, the sort of genre book I gravitate toward.

Jun 13, Jeruen rated it it was ok. It’s hard to believe the very next book this author wrote was the splendid Midnight’s Children. 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 dis This was Rushdie’s first novel and it’s very much a journeyman work. Additionally, there is the character of Grimus, who seems to be the only one who knows how Flapping Eagle could eventually die.


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Jul 02, Agnieszka rated it really liked it. Not even the author rates it! And that’s the mesmerizing thing about Grimus: Normally I would rate it 3 stars, but this early language, that leaves a Having grjmus a couple of Rushdie’s most acclaimed books before this one I expected “the usual” Rushdie style.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Then he wanders around aimlessly for seven hundred years, during which he comes across a mysterious figure wielding a stone wand. Midnight’s Children film with Deepa Mehta. Views Read Edit View history. Do you deny that by taking your salmab from the Axona I forced your expulsion?

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

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Painters, would-be artists, end up whitewashing walls. Saoman Grimusthe assumptions just kept on changing as you turn the page over and over again.

Do you deny that I lured you ruwhdie with the Spectre of Bird-Dog? Eventually, weary of the ‘A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present-day. In Grimusyou have Flapping Eagle paired with Grimus himself. 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.

For some who think his fame is owed more to his life events than writing, this should give them pause for thought.


In essence, this type of SF novel shows the journey of a person learning the value of non-conformity. If a writer can turn a phrase into something that just touches me in some way, THAT is a good book for me. Love Rushdie, but this is not his be This is Rushdie in the rough.

Love Rushdie, but this is not his best. Want to Read saving…. 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. Pennsylvania State University Press,p. This article possibly contains original research.

It’s one I keep meaning to re-read because I just think of it so often, I might as well.

Perhaps Rushdie is trying to say something about the weight, the heft we lend salmah sex. After meeting a bizarre cast of characters, while tushdie on his two quests, Flapping Eagle also tries to unveil the mysterious Grimus and discover why Calf island is so strange.

You can see the seeds of his unique style, which will come out in its full glory in his later book. Why does this awful book stick in my head?

I’ve always loved mythology and Grimus has its roots in this grand old tradition.