This work won the Booker Prize and, in and , was awarded the Best of the Bookers as the best novel to have received the prize during its first 25 and 40 years. The character of Saleem Sinai has been compared to Rushdie. Both these works of postcolonial literature are characterised by a style of magic realism and the immigrant outlook that Rushdie is very conscious of as a member of the Kashmiri diaspora. Rushdie wrote a non-fiction book about Nicaragua in called The Jaguar Smile. This book has a political focus and is based on his first-hand experiences and research at the scene of Sandinista political experiments. His most controversial work, The Satanic Verses , was published in see section below.
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Shelves: books , fantasy , first-book No. Just no. Rushdie never lacked for imagination, and it is ample evidence here. But sometimes, all that imagination can go absolutely nowhere.
This book not only feels like a fever dream, but also makes as much sense. Which is to say, not at all. Then he does.
Then he wanders around aimlessly for seven hundred years, during which he comes across a mysterious figure wielding a stone wand.
Nothing No. Nothing happens. Then he meets this figure again, and he gets thrown to Calf Island, which seems to be in a different dimension. Its denizens have the habit of speaking very pedantically about something completely different than was asked of them. Everything goes obviously, because this is a badly written fantasy.
Things are convoluted to the maximum degree possible. There is no reason to suppose that Eagle has the willpower or the morality to resist the power of Grimus. The other characters were just as hard to relate to.
In fact, I was hoping for all of them to boil their heads. Which they do after a fashion. This is a mess. Just as well he had India to turn to for inspiration. Two stars, because I did not detest it, and I cannot deny his language.
Style[ edit ] Amongst other influences Rushdie incorporates Sufi, Hindu, Christian and Norse mythologies alongside pre- and post-modernist literature into his construction of character and narrative form. Your words serve only to spin cocoons around your own irrelevance. The Way of K may be seen as Rushdie probing the Rousseau-influenced theories of man and society that influenced much postth century Western travel writing and the modernist influenced literature of s England in particular. In light of this, we can see Rushdie as having produced what Linda Hutcheon terms a "histiographic novel".