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From one of the greatest writers of our time: a spellbinding, entertaining, wildly imaginative novel, which blends history and myth with tremendous philosophical depth. A masterful, mesmerising modern tale about worlds dangerously colliding, the monsters that are unleashed when reason recedes, and a beautiful testament to the power of love and humanity in chaotic times.

Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment, this is a spectacular achievement - both very funny and terrifying. It is narrated by our descendants 1,000 years hence, looking back on 'The War of the Worlds' that began with 'the time of the strangenesses': a simple gardener begins to levitate; a baby is born with the ability to detect corruption in people; the ghosts of two long-dead philosophers begin arguing once more, and storms pummel New York so hard that a crack appears in the universe, letting in the destructive djinns of myth. Nothing less than the survival of our world is at stake. Only one, a djinn princess who centuries before had learnt to love humankind, resolves to help us: in the face of dynastic intrigue, she raises an army composed of her semi-magical great-great-grandchildren - a small motley crew of endearing characters who come together to save the world in a battle waged for 1,001 nights - or, to be precise, two years, eight months, and 28 nights.

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  • Andrea Edan
  • 06-13-16

An oblique view of the world

What did you like most about Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights?

I loved the way that Salman Rushie uses the format of a fantasy story in almost fable-like fashion to hold a mirror up to our world today.

What did you like best about this story?

Matching the fantasy to today's reality

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

As the story is quite complex and there are many characters with curious names, it is worth, if not listening in one scene, at least to listen as continuously as possible.

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  • Samuel
  • 11-01-15

if you like fairies

The love child of One hundred years of solitude and The Master and Margarita. Not my genre of preference, but a fun story well told.

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  • Hedvig Holmberg
  • 10-10-15

Wonderful story!

I love fairy tales and magic and novels that deal with the difficult questions in life and with the even harder attempts at an answer. Here both kinds of novel are combined. A bit confusing at times, but with so many great passages that I had no trouble sticking with it.