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The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
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Jan 27, 2010

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I'm a Rushdie fan but I'll have to say this one isn't my favorite. It's essentially a Scheherazade story, about the power of story telling, but I think it's Borges who first introduced and worked with this idea in our time and then John Barth worked it and I'm not sure there's a lot more to pluck from that metaphor. I suppose it's a favorite with people who make their living telling stories. This one was discussed on the bookgrouplist and there was a group (female) who objected to the treatment of women. You can only go so far defending an author because the view of women he presents was common in the time he was writing about. There has to be some way in which the author wants to write about men who view woman primarily as sex objects and therefore choses a period in which that works.
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