Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
As far as I know, Mr Rushdie writes in English, correct? But even though there are some instances of beautiful writing, much of this story feels like a clunky translation. The third person "history of the jinn" that we get is, for the most part, coldly distant and reads like a tex ...more
Perhaps idealistically I approach each of his novels with the high expectation that he might one day recoup the enchantment of Midnight’s Children (his crowning glory). Sadly, this never happens.
Rushdie's OutRaged Roaring: All Religions are Mere Fairy Tales, Believed Only by Dupes
I looked so forward to enjoying a fantastic novel, with what I knew to be a premise full of promise. As it turned out though, this is Rushdie's attempt to aim his "brilliant" fire at all religions and their "wholly ignorant" followers. He misfired with what turns out, ironically, a preachy "fauxfun" in an allegorical tale a la Ali Baba. T ...more
Everything is relative, one man’s absolute belief is another man’s fairy tale.
Our lives are stories encased in a giant Matryoshka doll. An endless saga of happenings that jumps narration from one brand of mystery to the next bland stamp in the potpourri of the decaying universe. Our timelines cross each other’s endlessly entwining with the myriad strangenesses that are our stories: our individual stories, the stories of the street we grew up on, our family stories, and so on. Human beings ar...more
our human world.
Jinnia, is a Princess that falls in love and marries a 'human'....
a philosopher named Ibn Rushd......They have many children with human power-
characteristics and Jinn powers, (fly, or slithering descendants - good- bad- and
uninterested in morality).
Jinnia, herself, has a special heart for humans, ...with a wise understanding between the differences that divide both worlds. She reaches ...more
As a first draft, this playful adult fairytale of high jinx and low jinn promises much.
As a finished novel, it’s as capricious and shape-shifting as the jinn therein.
Enjoyable at first, but progressively less so.
I was glad when I closed the pages for the last time, with the hopeful finality of stuffing a jinn in a tightly sealed bottle.
“The subject kept changing, and how could anyone ...more
At face value it is not the kind of story I would normally read - an apocalyptic fantasy in which the human world becomes a battlefield for competing jinns. The main reason it works (or at least held my attention) ...more
- Salman Rushdie, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights.
"This is a story from our past, from a time so remote we argue, sometimes, about wither we should call it history or mythology. Some of us call it a fairy tale. But on this we agree: that to tell a story about the past is to tell a story about the present. To recount ...more
The story is actually narrated 1000 years in the future focusing on a period of 1001 days (shortly after the present day) when the jinn world suddenly breaks through into the human world causing chaos.
The book also goes back to the 12th Century and a dispute between two real-life Islamic philosophers: the pious theologian Ghazali of Iran (Renewer of ...more
Although the content is quite different, the 'feel' of this book reminded me quite a bit of Umberto Eco's 'Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana.'
Narrated from an opaque utopia, 1000 years in the future, we are told of the great war that change ...more
I have read books by Rushdie before and I was floored by the beauty of the language and his u ...more
Those fiery, smokeless ...more
Finally done with this book!! I would have completed it way back had I not been super-busy and tired. So, it took me a lot more days than I usually require to finish a books of this size.
Coming back to the book, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is the latest book from the renowned author Salman Rushdie. His book Midnight's Children is the only book that has received more than one Booker Prize. This ...more
At first, this was a four star book. The premise is interesting, the idea of using jinn is interesting since I've never read a book with them in it and know very little of the lore, the character Dunia is another interesting one. There were so many interesting tid-bits in the first story/chapter that I was really looking forward to reading this, even disappointed when ...more
This is the story of a jinnia, a great princess of the jinn, known as the Lightning Princess on account of her mastery over the thunderbolt, who loved a mortal man long ago, in the twelfth century, as we would say, and of her many descendants, and of her return to the world, after a long absence, to fall in love again, at least for a moment, and then to go to war. It is also the tale of many other jinn, male and female, flying and slithering, good, bad, and uninterested in morality; and of th...more
It’s no secret that the line between genre fiction and literary fiction has become blurry in recent years. The tropes of fantasy and science fiction have been embraced by many writers operating outside the confines implied by genre, leading to a richer and more meaningful experience on both signs of that increasingly-hard-to-see line.
Salman Rushdie has never been afraid to incorporate genre conventions into his own work. The author’s latest is “Two Years E ...more
how were such things to be understood? it was easier to believe that Chance, always the hidden principle of the universe, was joining forces with allegory, symbolism, surrealism and chaos, and taking charge of human affairs, than it was to accept the truth, namely the growing interference of the jinn in the daily life of the world.like an apologal avengers/peter pan mash-up with scheherazade as the origin story, salman rushdie's latest novel, two years eight months and twenty-eight nights is ...more
Characters emerge with the frequency of a Dickens' novel, but they neither posses agency ...more
And now the second dream is lying ahead, shaping its face from hideouts into the locales of clouds - a dream to meet Sir Salman Rushdie and JM Coetzee.
If Sir Coetzee is my torchlight in finding the path to wisdom. ...more
Rushdie does not shy away from the fact that everyone knows his history and instead uses that to create another level on which this great novel ...more
Back in the 12th century, disgraced philosopher Ibn Rushd has a love affair with Dunia, who he thinks is a young woman of Jewish descent, but is actually a princess of the jinn. In these far-off days there are slits between the world of the jinn and our own world, and the jinn sometimes interfere with humanity, often wickedly, but Dunia is unusual in that she falls in love with a human and has children with him – many children, sometimes twelve or more at a ti ...more
My interest in this author has been piqued by such an intricate and layered story. If I could sum it up with one mental image it would be with Russian nesting dolls. As I read it felt like each turn of the page brought on another layer of A story or THE story, because at any given moment there were multiple little wisps of stories circling around the main story. These little offshoots led me on a lot of ‘book closing it’s time to th ...more
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His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several coun ...more