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The Enchantress Of Florence by Salman Rushdie
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Feb 26, 2009

it was amazing
Read in February, 2009

Salman Rushdie is in top form in this historical novel set in Mughal India and in Renaissance Florence. A mysterious Italian shows up at the court of the Mughal Emperor claiming to be his relation. How could this be? He has yellow hair and pale skin. Slowly the story unfolds.
Rushdie creates a dreamlike atmosphere in which magic can and occasional does happen but more often humans make their own choices and accept their own fates. It's a meditation on the nature of love, of imagination, of loyalty and friendship and the forces that move history.
Among the characters we meet at Machiavelli, the Medici, Botticelli and a mysterious princess -- she of the title -- and her "mirror," a servant almost as beautiful who shares her life, her lovers and her fate.
Rushdie knows his history but he doesn't always let it get in the way of a good story. This book was constantly entertaining and thought-provoking. It did everything good literature should do -- tell a good yarn, introduce memorable characters, paint a convincing background and leave the reader knowing more at the end than at the beginning.
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