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The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
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Feb 22, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: magic-realism
Read in March, 2009

Salman Rushdie creates a world that spans centuries, continents, and cultures, fiction and "reality." Every word is so carefully selected and placed in this work, that the reader can get distracted by the poetry of the language and miss part of the "story." This would not necessarily be a tragedy because all that is to be gained from this book will not be achieved in one reading, anyway.

Though there are the seemingly requisite crude parts that current literature almost invariably contains, Rushdie even (generally) makes these parts beautiful. His characters are reflective, as is the narration, with metalanguage and self-effacement that allow readers to keep up with his genius.

Though the plot is carefully thought out and full of intriguing historical references (with a thorough accompanying bibliography to help satiate the reader's interest), the magical realism and the elegance of the writing keep the story from being the primary gift taken from this book.

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