I've been working my way through all of Salman Rushdie's works, and this latest book in an incredible read or listen. Like all of his works, Rushdie delves heavily into parallel dimensions, west/east, past/present, male/female, but also manages to tell a tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat for most of the second half of the book. I was particularly impresed by the ending - well done, Mr. Rushdie!
Also worth noting is that the narrator does an excellent job, and his accent and delivery do a great deal to smooth out sections that would otherwise be difficult to western ears.
First things first. This isn't Tolstoy. If you're looking for deep, insighful, thoughtful prose that offers new insights into the human condition, you shouldn't really be looking to best selling thrillers with a romance thrown in for good measure.
But if you're looking for an enjoyable read/listen that will inspire you to run errands in the car just so you can hear the next chapter, this is it. I read the first half of the book in print, and my wife listened to the first half on CD. We listened to the last half together. Big fun, lots of thrills and chills, and the religious/historical/geographical references sent us to the web on several occasions. In addition to enjoying the book, we've spent hours discussing the nature of organized religion, the specific history of the Christian church, the nature of male and female, etc.
While the book occasionally veeered into the "guilty pleasure" category, It's one of my favorite reads for the year, and I wholeheartedly recommend it. FWIW, you should also check out the Da Vinci code website. Yet more fun.
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