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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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In Grimusthe assumptions just kept on changing as you turn the page over and over again. Flapping Eagle then wanders the world for something years, doing various things and visiting various places.

Grimus Reader’s Guide

Jun 26, Maisarah rated it liked it. Paperbackpages. The Dante Comedia provides the structure for Grimus’s exploration of inner dimensions. This was Rushdie’s first novel and it’s very much a journeyman work.

Grimus – Salman Rushdie

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. What an incredible book for a first work! At its core the novel is symbolic, high-minded and a book to make you consider things. Do you deny that by taking your sister from the Axona I forced your expulsion?

Support for this confusion can be seen in the secondary theme of the book: Collected Nonfiction — Joseph Anton: Definitely not a book for a Rushdie beginner but if you want to see the seeds which later developed in his later novels then Grimus is worth a read but prepare to be underwhelmed.


The book is based on a 12th century Sufi poem and covers themes of human identity and meaning. In fact, I was hoping for all of them to boil their heads. 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. It is arguably this underlying instability that has resulted in calls of genre confusion within Grimus.

This book’s writing wasn’t particularly moving, the story was just too bizarre to truly grasp, the characters were weird You can see the seeds of his unique style, which will come out in its full glory in his later book. First off, this book contains rape, incest, murder and suicide, so if you’re sensitive to that, don’t read this book.

Love Rushdie, but this is not his best.

And Rushdie takes those elements which are no longer applicable to the real world the reader inhabits and tucks them away on a shelf and seems to simply ask, “Did you like the story?

Aug 27, Kang-Chun Cheng rated it did not like it.

Jun 13, Jeruen rated it it was ok. Do you deny that allowing you to wander the world for centuries instead of bringing you here I made you the man that you are, chameleon, adaptable, confused?

I have to say that this novel didn’t give the best reading experience for me, knowing what his other books were like. It can be seen as growing rushddie of and extending the techniques and the literary traditions identified with Jonathan Swift ‘s Gulliver’s Travelsor Sir Thomas Rusjdie Utopiain that its journey traverses both outer and inner dimensions, exploring both cultural ideologies and the ambivalent effects that they have on one’s psychological being.

In fact I see it a sort of potential for what was to follow in later novels. Views Read Edit View history. Oct 30, Adam Sidsworth rated it liked it. Notify me of new posts via email.


The sentences are rough, but the story – clear. Hence, Flapping Eagle is on a mission to find Grimus, whoever he is, but the other inhabitants of the island don’t seem to be interested in helping him with his mission. I can identify traces of motifs that are also present in later works. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Left to shift for himself, he tends to wallow and drift and take the path of least resistance until forced to do otherwise.

Conversely, one wonders how many Booker-worthy writers are hiding their light under the bushels of genres considered not literary enough.

Grimus by Salman Rushdie – Reading Guide – : Books

Flapping Eagle is a craven and nasty piece of work, so there’s no inclination whatsoever to see gushdie succeed. Salman Rushdie’s celebrated debut novel remains as powerful and as haunting as when it was first published more than thirty years ago.

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. It’s a short but dense novel, so don’t rush through it. Preview — Grimus by Salman Rushdie. There he meets other immortals obsessed with their own stasis and sets out to scale the island’s peak, from which the mysterious and corrosive Grimus Effect emits.