A Novel

eBook - 2006
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Random House, Inc.
“A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present-day . . . Thunderous and touching.”
Financial Times

After drinking an elixir that bestows immortality upon him, a young Indian named Flapping Eagle spends the next seven hundred years sailing the seas with the blessing–and ultimately the burden–of living forever. Eventually, weary of the sameness of life, he journeys to the mountainous Calf Island to regain his mortality. There he meets other immortals obsessed with their own stasis and sets out to scale the island’s peak, from which the mysterious and corrosive Grimus Effect emits. Through a series of thrilling quests and encounters, Flapping Eagle comes face-to-face with the island’s creator and unwinds the mysteries of his own humanity. Salman Rushdie’s celebrated debut novel remains as powerful and as haunting as when it was first published more than thirty years ago.

“A book to be read twice . . . [Grimus] is literate, it is fun, it is meaningful, and perhaps most important, it pushes the boundaries of the form outward.”
Los Angeles Times

Baker & Taylor
Given the gift of immortality after drinking a magic fluid, Flapping Eagle sets off on a journey to the mystical Calf Island to rejoin the human race, and meets a strange assortment of characters along the way, in a new edition of the debut novel by the author of Satanic Verses. Reissue. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006
ISBN: 9780307529114
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult


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joeactionhero Jul 14, 2014

At about page 100 Mr. Rusdie "looses it". Novel became pretty well "word salad" and the theretofore plot became unworkable and unreadable. With dilegence (sp?) perhaps a tale could be mined from the following chapters, but I gave up the effort.

Up to page 100 or so, it had be a delightful read in magical realism, predateing Gabriel Garcia Marquez's bestsellers, I think.


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