When I finally made it to the end I asked myself why. I still have no idea why I did not give up sooner. Too many names, places, repeated names and repeated places. On and on...
Based on all the other Rushdie I've ever read, I'm going to assume that this book would be just as entertaining...with the right narrator. But this guy sounds as if he's delivering an oration, with no sense of Rushdie's characteristic linguistic whimsicality--his voice is monotonous and ponderous, and after about fifteen minutes I just gave it up. Pity. Guess I'll have to go search out a print copy after all.
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It would be best to describe The Enchantress of Florence as a historical fantasy set during the time of the Italian Renaissance and the Mughal rule in India. I won???t mention many of the real people and events that appear in Rushdie???s history so that you can have the fun of discovering them for yourself, but we meet a diverse cast of characters who seem unlikely to belong in the same story (e.g., Elizabeth I and Vlad Dracula).
The narrator almost made me give up in the first couple of chapters, but I stuck with it and it smoothed out enough that I mostly enjoyed the story. Or perhaps I should say that I enjoyed the story telling. As for the plot itself, it was loose and unfocused and often gave the impression that its goal was to encompass multiple obscure historical events and personages ??? and to incorporate them into Rushdie???s themes ??? rather than to tell a tightly crafted tale.
But I liked Rushdie???s style, so I pressed on. And then the end came??? and I absolutely hated the ending. It was rushed, bizarre, and unsatisfying ??? like the story got away and required more than Herculean efforts to bring it back in line, so Rushdie just slit its throat and let it die quickly, gurgling and wheezing as it went.
Overall I suppose I enjoyed 80% of Salman Rushdie???s The Enchantress of Florence so, to misrepresent the philosophy of one our main characters, I???ll say that perhaps the means justifies the end. This novel contains much insight, humor, and artistry, and this alone ??? not the plot or its conclusion ??? made the journey worthwhile.
So wordy and delivered in a pretentious monotone! I am thoroughly disappointed in this book. It is expensive too! I wish I had never downloaded it. What a wasted credit.
The book is ok. It isn't one that I would chose as a favorite. It has a lot of bad language and the storyline wasn't what I thought it was going to be base summary.I'm not saying it is a bad book it just isn't my type of book.