Monday, September 21, 2015
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
Well, this is an interesting book. First of all, the author uses incredibly long sentences sometimes. A sentence can fill an entire page. The story itself is fantasy/philosophy, not a combination one usually sees in a book. The author uses his paranormal/fantasy post-apocalyptic setting to share his views about many things including religion, philosophy, human nature, the
Taliban, and sex. The story begins with a character named Ibn Rushd - the last name seems rather similar to the author's last name - who is a brilliant philosopher with whom a Jinni princess who calls herself Dunia falls in love. She has many litters of children with him, all of whom have no ear lobes, and then he leaves her to take part in an endless philosophical discussion. The story then progresses to 800 years later when a severe supernatural storm disrupts the barrier between the Jinni and human worlds and chaos that they call the "strangeness" ensues. Only Dunia and her half-human, half-Jinni offspring are able to save the world and restore normality. Dunia falls in love with one of her own great great many times grandchildren, Mr. Geronimo, because he resembles Rushd and he is also old like Rushd was when she loved him. She tells him that old men make better lovers which lets the readers know that the author is an old man himself and is expressing his fantasies in this book. The author's views about religion are interesting and the story is a good fantasy tale. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.