A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present- day Thunderous and touching.” –Financial Times. The extraordinary literary debut of Salman Rushdie. Flapping Eagle is a young Axona Indian gifted with immortal life after drinking an elixir from his wayward. Praise for Salman Rushdie’s Grimus “A fireworks of a book: beautiful, funny, and endlessly surprising.” —Ursula K. Le Guin “A mixture of science fiction and.

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Sculptors are forced to design toilets. EngvarB from September Use dmy dates from September Articles that may contain original research from May All articles that may contain original research Pages to import images to Wikidata. This is Rushdie in the rough.

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It’s not “and it was all a dream,” because it neither re-casts the narrative in the light of irrelevancy nor tries to shock the reader, but it’s almost as bad in the way it takes all the interesting ideas and symbolic food-for-thought and suddenly makes them mere constructs, un-symbols grimua are now literal facets, of and exclusive to the world that Grimus creates.

After drinking the fluid, Flapping Eagle wanders the earth for years 7 months and 7 days, searching for his immortal sister and exploring identities before falling through a hole in the Mediterranean Sea.

The story loosely follows Flapping Eagle, a young Indian who receives the gift of immortality after drinking a magic fluid. Jun 13, Jeruen rated it it was ok. And that’s the mesmerizing thing about Grimus: Flapping Eagle then wanders the world for something years, doing various things and visiting various places. Notify me of new posts via email. I enjoyed thinking about the issues he raised and loved seeing the parallels with other works of literature.

Flapping Eagle is an Amer Indian, who has been given a potion for immortality doesn’t drink it. It’s not Rusdie’s best but it’s not the worst either. And it’s obvious Eagle’s presence there is a catalyst for all manner of mayhem, all of which is directly related to a being that may or may not exist, called Grimus. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


The eschewing of standard quotation marks in favor of initializing dashes and then mixing narrative with dialogue, the flipping of perspective and point of view without consideration, the excessive use of the semicolon—all probably nothing more in the end than stylistic choices but ones which I feel detract far more than they add to the prose.

If this is what Salman Rushdie manages to write straight out of the authorship gate I’m not sure if I’m more excited to think of the literary treats in store for me, or apprehensive to think that the rest of the books won’t live up to the promise of Grimus. Notify me of new comments via email. It is arguably this underlying instability that has resulted in calls of genre confusion within Grimus. Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent. Revelation that the great Salman Rushdie isn’t good enough a writer to write SF.

The lyrical nature of the writing and the deft hand at description suffice eventually to reveal that this is not an unaccomplished writer struggling with basic composition but rather someone altogether too bored with convention to be concerned with trifles like readability.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I keep my fingers crossed. I’m giving it two stars solely for the writing and the ideas, ’cause everything else about this book is cringe-worthy. It’s hard to believe the very next book this author wrote was the splendid Midnight’s Children. I have to say though, that even though this is a novel that I ended up not liking, there are saljan few redeeming factors I’d like to talk about.

Jun 18, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: Reviews of the book when first it was published emphasised its science fiction elements. I think that Rushdie may have been going for somewhere between gothic and grand guignol in this novel, and to some degree he’s managed it, but at the expense of any warmth or engaging characters.

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Two stars, because I did not detest it, and I cannot deny his language. Magical realism when done right can unlock the surprisingly deep dimensions of the mind – things that you’ve never thought of, corners rusheie never explored and interpretations you’ve never considered.

Vacuous intellectual masturbation at its worst.


Things are convoluted to the maximum degree possible. After all, life is full of surprises. Penn State UP,p.

Flapping Eagle, it must be admitted, is a curiously flat character dumped into a community of the fascinatingly warped and grotesque. If a writer can turn a phrase into something that just touches me in some way, THAT is a good book for me. Eventually, weary of the ‘A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present-day. Further, in Grimus the habits that communities adopt to prevent themselves from acknowledging multiplicity gain allegorical representation in the Way of K.

View all 10 comments. It seems to me to be plausible that Rushdie, the non-conformist, has unsuccessfully tried to produce his own antithesis in Flapping Eagle, and fails for want of empathy.

Then he meets this figure again, and he gets thrown to Calf Island, which seems to be in a different dimension. Return to Book Page. And that’s precisely what I liked about it. So, he ends up in Calf Island, which is this place where everyone who have become tired of the world but doesn’t want to die somehow end up.

Grimus – Salman Rushdie

Additionally, there is the character of Grimus, who seems to be the only one who knows how Flapping Eagle could eventually die. Rushdie plays with language, plays with names, plays with constructs of time and perspective. Do you deny that by taking your sister from the Axona I forced your expulsion? It’s difficult to summarize the plot exactly because Grimus is less about what happens as it is about the people it happens to and the reactions of all the other characters to the spectre of Flapping Eagle as he moves destructively in and through their lives.

This page was last edited on 20 Marchat Jun 30, Apu Borealis rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a major inversion of the usual SF treatment of this theme — a twist that might ruwhdie be so unsettling in a non-SF genre.