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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Eventually, weary of the ‘A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present-day.
Eventually, weary of the sameness of life, he journeys to the mountainous Calf Island to regain his mortality. There he meets other immortals obsessed with their own stasis and sets out to scale the saoman peak, from which the mysterious and corrosive Grimus Effect emits.
Through a series of thrilling quests and encounters, Flapping Eagle comes face-to-face with the island’s creator and unwinds the mysteries of his own humanity. Salman Rushdie’s celebrated debut novel remains as powerful and as haunting as when it was first published more than thirty years ago.
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To ask other readers questions about Grimusplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 13, Petra Eggs rated salmab did not like it Shelves: Rushvie is a horrible book. Not even the author rates it! It is interesting only because Rushdie plays around with the magical realism that will play a major part in his writing and touches on themes he will later explore in much greater depth.
I don’t recommend anyone who is thinking of reading Rushdie to think that as this is one of his shorter ones it would be a good one to start with, it really isn’t a good read.
Rather go for Shame with salmxn wonderfully drawn character of the Virgin Ironpants B This is a horrible book. Now that book would make anyone want to explore more Rushdie. Read back ’96ish, reviewed Novedited February Why does this awful book stick in my head?
View all 10 comments. The first book from Rushdie is a magical voyage that successfully merges the magical realism of Marquez with Rushdie’s own distillation of Indian mythology and tradition. It was a valiant first effort and is an exhilarating read. I think one should jump right into Midnight’s Children, but if its length is too imposing, you could try Grimus or Shame to get your feet wet. The most remarkable rushde about Grimus?
Revelation that the great Salman Rushdie isn’t good enough a writer to write SF. Such lush prose, such splendid imagination, and such a wasted opportunity. The beginning of the story was intriguing albeit bizarrebut pretty soon things started to seem more like someone’s bad LSD trip, and then it got progressively worse. The “plot” was all o The most remarkable thing about Grimus? The “plot” was all over the place, the “characters” were meaningless caricatures, and narrative threads were unraveling out of control By the end I got a headache gdimus couldn’t care less about any of it.
I’m giving it two stars solely for the writing and the ideas, ’cause everything else about this book is cringe-worthy. View all 4 comments. Sep 28, Lena Lang rated it it was amazing.
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The most striking part of this story was that it presents a world in which people are aware that the world they inhabit is only one of a series of alternative worlds. The burden of immortalitywith which rushdis protagonist grapples throughout the novel, sheds light on the absurdity of our daily neccessary denial of our own mortality. This is rhshdie through the idea of “dimension fever”. The residents of Calf island are required to occupy themselves with a singular idea in an effort to preserve the The most striking part of this story was that it presents a world in which people are aware that the world they inhabit is only one of a series of alternative worlds.
Grimus – Salman Rushdie
The residents of Calf island are required to occupy themselves with a singular idea in an effort to preserve their precarious existances. Obsession or single mindedness is the only thing sslman can keep dimension fever at bay. The characters’ petty squabbles, alliancesand feuds are all played out in an effort to avoid facing the very conditions of their existence.
There are so many themes at play in this allegorical tale that I cant even wrap my mind around quite yet. I know this is a book I will continue thinking about for the next several weeks. Rushdie never lacked for imagination, and it is ample evidence here. But sometimes, all that imagination can go absolutely nowhere. This book not only feels like a fever dream, but also makes as much sense.
Which is to say, not at all. Flapping Eagle is an Amer Indian, who has been given a potion for immortality doesn’t drink it. Then he wanders around aimlessly for seven hundred years, during which he comes across a mysterious figure wielding a stone wand.
Then he meets this figure again, and he gets thrown to Calf Island, which seems to be in a different dimension. Its denizens have the habit of speaking very pedantically about something completely different than was asked of them. 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.
Everything goes obviously, because this is a badly written fantasy. Things are convoluted to the maximum degree possible. Flapping Eagle is a craven and nasty piece of work, so there’s no inclination whatsoever to see him succeed.
In fact, it’s so horribly foreshadowed, that I don’t believe what happened in the end. There is no reason to suppose that Eagle has the willpower or the morality to resist the power of Grimus.
The other characters were just as hard to relate to. In fact, I was hoping for all of them to boil their heads. Which they do after a fashion.
This is a mess. It’s hard to believe the very next book this author wrote was the splendid Midnight’s Children. Just as well he had India to turn to for inspiration. Out of all of Rushdie’s novels that I’ve read, Rushdie’s worst books Grimus, Fury are the ones that did not overtly reference the subcontinent. Two stars, because I did not detest it, and I cannot deny his language. Jun 18, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: Part fantasy, part folk-tale, and part science fiction, this book is a blend of mythology, mysticism, and religious symbolism.
The book tells the tale of Flapping Eagle, a Native American man who becomes immortal and wanders the world for years, 7 months, and 7 days until he attempts suicide and ends up in another world a parallel dimension.
The book is based on a 12th century Sufi poem and covers themes of human identity and meaning. This was my first Rushdie book and in retrospect was probably a strange book to chose as my first Rushdie book. What a wacky book! There are flaws in the book I think he tries to pack too much in the book to the point that the story line becomes convoluted at timesbut interspersed with the moments of nonsense there were some real gems.
Rushdie raises some interesting questions in this book about human nature, spirituality, and cultural isolation. Rudhdie enjoyed thinking about the issues he raised and loved seeing the parallels with other works of literature. Although Rushdie disowns his first novel, it is not that bad. In fact I see it a sort of potential for what was to follow in later novels.
Saying that Grimus does have a lot of flaws. The story focuses on Flapping Eagle, who drinks an elixir which gives him eternal life, given to him by his sister, who deserts him.
After years he wants mortality and to find his sister, grims ending up on the metaphysical Calf Island. After meeting a bizarre cast of characters, while embarking on his two Although Rushdie disowns his first novel, it is not that bad.
After meeting a bizarre cast of characters, while embarking on his two quests, Flapping Eagle also tries to unveil the mysterious Grimus and discover why Calf island is so strange.
Philosophers, prostitutes, hunchbacks, ghosts, frog gods and tons of people crop up during the novel and they all leave an impact on Flapping Eagle’s psyche but drag him into the weirdness of Calf Island and change his destiny.
Flapping Eagle himself has to control himself in order to complete his quest. As such this is a rich plot with some Rushdie trademarks, puns, jokes, references to popular culture and mythology but somehow things just don’t gel that well and there quite a few dull stretches which hamper the plot’s progress.
Also Rushdie’s writing is restrained, considering that by his second novel his penmanship improved, Grimus’ style comes as a tiny shock. Definitely not a book for a Rushdie beginner rushdue if you rushvie to see the seeds which later developed in his later novels then Grimus is worth a read but prepare to be underwhelmed.
Jun 09, Maria rated it it was amazing. There are so many reason why I will feel a book is “good”. Sometimes, it’s simply the writing. If a writer can turn a phrase into something that just touches me in some way, THAT is a good book for me. Sometimes, it’s just a character I come to love or a story I find intriguing.