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The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
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A charming blonde stranger arrives in the court of Emperor Akbar of the Mughal empire, and proceeds to tell the story of an enchantress, once from the Mughal realm who insinuated herself into the lives of three singular Florentine men.

I wish this wasn't the first Rushdie I read. Or maybe I'm just no fan of "magical realism." Either make it thoroughly magical, or thoroughly real. I don't like reading what I imagine to be historical fiction only to be thrown off by spirits and enchantments. If the writing was exceptional, I'd be able to forgive SR and award one more star. Take for instance Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale. Now that's certainly magical realism but damn, can that man write. I wasn't quite taken by any of the characters in this novel, nor the meandering plot. Interesting yes, enchanting, no.
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