I used to be a huge fan of Mr. Rushdie’s books. Midnight’s Children – check, The Moor’s Last Sigh – my favorite, but his recent works have been, well, rather less well received by me. And yet, I see a new Rushdie novel and my only instinct is to read it.
Here’s the thing about Rushdie: he’s verbose. He goes on and on, and digresses and digresses until I’m not exactly sure what is going on anymore and then BAM! he stuns me. I’m floored by the the crazy connections he makes, his wry observations and his pure love of language. For if one thing can be said about Rushdie, it’s that he loves language.
So what did I think of Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights? After having read it in its entirety, I think it is rather brilliant. But while I was reading it I vacillated between complete boredom and utter confusion. But interspersed throughout were these moments, when like a flash, I went OH, I GET IT. It would hit me like a ton of bricks.
Who would like this book? Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is for the most intellectually acrobatic of readers. Not much happens. As for as I can discern there is no plot to speak of. Thankfully, it is one of Rushdie’s shorter books, otherwise I never would have made it through. And yet, there was something deeply satisfying about reading – and finishing – it. Rushdie gets the transmigrations of humans, not just in the global age, but in all ages, and to me his take on this is endlessly fascinating.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.
I haven’t read anything by Rushdie before but he’s always given me the impression he has a a lot to say, so I’m not surprised that his writing is very wordy. I still feel like I need to read one of his books to see for myself.
If you do read Rushdie, I’d go for one of his books from before 2000. Either I was brainier back then or he was more accessible.
I love Rushdie as well but agree completely on this one. In fact, I probably don’t even need to write a review because you summed it up so well. I put this down several times and almost gave up on it but when I was done I felt a certain fondness. The man knows how to tell a story.
I have an ARC of this one around here someplace. I almost started reading it the other day. I’ve never read Rushdie and I’m so hesitant to. He’s the kind of author that I feel like really intellectual readers love but the rest of us maybe not so much? I’m not an intellectual reader AT ALL. I want to want to read his work and this one really does sound kind of cool but…
Do the Nancy Pearl thing and read 50 pages. If you like it, great! Keep going. If you don’t like it then at least you can say you’ve read Rushdie.
Oooh, I’m a little worried about the no plot part! I was so excited to read this. I’m glad I read your review so I can go it prepared 🙂
Korea read it and tell me what you think. There was a time in my life when I think I would have liked this, but now Rushdie is just too Rushdie for me.
I think I need more plot even though he’s brilliant. It sounds all too nebulous and I’m sure I’d get lost. I commend you for getting through it.
I got through it, but I was often lost. Nebulous to say the least!
I love books like this, but I find that feeling tends to happen after rather than during. Like feeling healthy after eating vegetables.
This sounds like a really interesting reading experience! I’d like to give it a try 🙂