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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The Dante Comedia provides the structure for Grimus’s exploration of inner dimensions.

Grimus Reader’s Guide

This page was last edited on 20 Marchat The beginning of the story was intriguing albeit bizarrebut pretty soon things started to seem more like someone’s bad LSD trip, and then it got progressively worse. This is Rushdie’s first book, and it’s a fine debut, although at times I found it a bit confusing.

Read carefully the debate between Gribbs, Elfrida, and Irna about whether stories should be well tied together or not. The book is based on a 12th century Sufi poem vrimus covers themes of human identity and meaning. Aug 27, Kang-Chun Cheng rated it did not like it. The Vintage Book of Indian Writing co-editor.

The book tells the tale of Flapping Eagle, a Native American man who becomes immortal and wanders the world for years, 7 months, and 7 days until he attempts suicide and ends up in another world a parallel dimension. The tone of Grimus can be uneven, ruwhdie appears to suffer a little from a lack of authorial direction. I have to salmaan though, that even though this is a novel that I ended up not liking, there are a few redeeming factors I’d like to talk about.


Jul 02, Agnieszka rated it really liked it. I guess it rushcie a good thing that this novel was written, because who knows, without this novel, Rushdie might not have had the chance to perfect his art, and his later masterpieces might not have been written.

This novel perhaps illustrates what doesn’t work, so that later novels didn’t repeat them. Rushdie has a strong predilection for non-conformity: Notify me of new comments via email. Views Read Edit View history.

In fact this is the first ever Rushdie I bj Part fantasy, part folk-tale, and part science fiction, this book is a blend of mythology, mysticism, and religious symbolism.

Grimus by Salman Rushdie – Reading Guide – : Books

Is the Grimus effect a symbol for information overload? Jun 13, Jeruen rated it it was ok.

Grismus writing is still a little awkward, the fairy-tale aspect a little more trippy than in his later books. I won’t say more about the plot, but let’s just say it was rambling, unstructured, and frankly uninteresting. Jun 30, Apu Borealis rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 23, Bradley Smith rated it it was amazing. It is interesting only because Rushdie plays around with the magical realism that will play a major part in his writing and touches on themes he will later explore in much greater depth.

Flapping Eagle takes the elixir of immortal life, after his sister is first given it and spends the next several hundred years wandering the world, after her disappearance.

It’s an enjoyable journey about a hero’s quest, but it’s overly complex, incorporating many cultures’ myths and legends. Aug 01, Ann rated it really liked it.

Cultural Imperialism and the Indo-English Novel: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I think the answers to all are both “yes” as well as “no. Eventually he finds his way to Calf Island, which exists somewhere between dimensions and eventually salmwn a confrontation with the eponymous Grimus. Do you deny that allowing you to wander the world for centuries instead of bringing you salan I made you the man that you are, chameleon, adaptable, confused?


Rushdie’s writing here is workmanlike but he’s still developing a craft. This is Rushdie in the rough. After all, life is full of surprises.

In Rushdie’s later novels, the magical realism aspect of the novel was introduced early on children born on midnight having superpowers, or two survivors of a plane crash morphing into an angel and a deviland the book stayed within its assumptions.

Later he will learn how to strum this confidently, but in Grimus By the end Slaman got a rjshdie and grimuz care less about any of it. I won’t give away anymore, but the text is dense and a t This is Rushdie’s sslman book, and it’s a fine debut, although at times I found it a bit confusing. This was my first Rushdie book and in retrospect was probably a strange book to chose as my first Rushdie book.

It tells the story of Flapping Eagle, a young Indian who became immortal after drinking a magical potion. Everything made mostly sense in the end, but it’s not enjoyable reading a book where you constantly have no idea what is going on.