Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights

Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights

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Book - 2015
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From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding novel that blends history and folklore with tremendous philosophical depth. Once upon a time, in a world just like ours, there came "the time of the strangenesses." Reason receded and the loudest, most illiberal voices reigned. A simple gardener began to levitate, and a powerful djinn - also known as the Princess of Fairyland - raised an army composed entirely of her semi-magical great-great-great-grandchildren. And a battle for the kingdom of Fairyland was waged throughout our world for 1,001 nights.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780345810229
Characteristics: 290 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: 2 years, 8 months and 28 nights


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Jun 22, 2018

I am totally a Rushdie fan by now. This has all his trademarks but more story based, shorter and moves quicker. Cool stuff.

Nov 29, 2017

In this novel Salman Rushdie brings together the mythologies of works such as "Arabian Nights" with contemporary American creations such as Graphic novels. He is a writer who lived and wrote with the oppression of a death threat because of a specific novel, described in detail in "Joseph Anton". Here he continues to celebrate the freedoms of literature, no matter the political situation. The conflict in the novel is, in case you missed when it happened, the Great Djinn War (or perhaps Wars - human vs Djinn as well as Djinn vs Djinn). However, contemporary religous struggles are not ignored. With a pointed examination of the construction of divinity, Rushdie has one of the Djinn there's only one word that justifies that as far as these savages are concerned: the word of this or that god. In the name of a divine entity we can do whatever the hell we like and most of those fools down there will swallow it." During this apocalyptic struggle, Rushdie sustains his post-modern slant: "It seemed that digression was the true principle of the universe, that the only real subject was the way the subject kept changing." And he sustains his wry sense of humor. Given the heavy testing Salman Rushdie has had to endure to write freely, this novel felt like a weight had been lifted from the author's shoulders. He has always utilized elements of cultures from the world. In "The Ground Beneath her Feet", he explored what if popular musicians from India became as large world-wide as Michael Jackson. In this work, elements of the graphic novel become entangled in a world-wide power struggle, and it is somehow fun. Toni Morrison praised Rushdie as a true international writer for the world. His position is unique, yet he continues to create that unique position with works such as this one.

Apr 18, 2017

This is a bit of a difficult book to review, as the phrasing and language are unquestionably beautiful, however, it was very challenging to get through. The plot was original, but the source of the originality was also the greatest issue I had with this book, which was that, rather than focusing on fleshing out any given character into which the reader could emotionally invest, this book focused heavily on world building. It was refreshing, in a way, as this is an uncommon approach, but it is hard to get motivated about reading something you can't empathize with.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

This is my first foray into Rushdie and I have been pleasantly surprised! This modern mythological tale compiled by a future utopian civilization is very clever, humourous, thoughtful and philosphical. I flitted between 3-4 stars but I gave it a 4 because I felt it had been a long time since I actually had to think while reading! I will definitely read another Rushdie... I like his style.

May 26, 2016

I really wanted to like this Rushdie novel more but had a hard time getting invested. There are definitely some interesting sections and plot points and general philosophy but it never completely clicked for me. Still a great author and worth checking out!

Apr 02, 2016

Rich, interesting and challenging. Pokes fun at things we are familiar with and tells an unusual story as well.

Mar 16, 2016

I enjoyed the witty and always amazingly intellectual imaginings of the first part of this novel, however I found the end the same predictable woes that seem to emanate from Salman's writing. He can't seem to recover from his own many failed relationships and I think the children are a challenge, as they are to all.. Undoubtedly a brilliant mind occupied with presenting the reader with clever coincidences; and historical and philosophical snippets; but I have to confess that I am tiring of Salman. Oh dear. I feel the fabric tearing and I am being pulled into Fairyland.

Feb 03, 2016

Loved it. He has such an imagination! Best read slowly, to keep track of all the characters and let all the details sink in.

Nov 13, 2015

Is it just me or is he unreadable?
Try The Satanic Verses. The fatwa was really for the writing. He has clever phrasing, references and observations, but he tries too hard at that. Again it's probably just me.

Nov 04, 2015

Although there are better fantasy books out there, this one is entertaining enough, if slightly overstuffed with characters. Its strongest points are the ties to current events and the comic details of Rushdie's writing (who knew jinn don't have earlobes?).

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