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The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
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Mar 07, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, literature

Few books have I found so entrancing and yet so difficult to adequately describe. This deliciously mystical tale of a blond haired european who ventures into the mythical city and life of the Mughal emperor evokes comparisons to 1001 Arabian Nights. The story ventures into all realms of the imagination; there are albino Swiss giants, a beautiful queen conjured through the sheer charisma of Mughal emperor, princesses of legendary beauty taken captive, hidden and long lost relatives, and pirates to name a few. Despite this litany of implausible and discongruent characters Rushdie blends a tightly woven and beautifully narrated novel. One of my favorite novels of the past year.

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