I am not one of Rushdie’s major fan’s. Though I think the plots of his books are amazing and awe inspiring, the language he uses and his story telling drips of unnecessary grandeur which I think takes away from the beautiful body of work he puts forward. Then again this is my perspective and Rushdie is well appreciated world over.
In the book, The Enchantress of Florence, Salman Rushdie infuses history with fiction to tells us a tale of adventure, power, and romance. Even though the book was mostly enjoyable however in parts i found it rather fragmented. Too many characters probably muddled up my mind as I fought hard to stay on track. However, what makes the book such an enjoyable read is that it is a wonderful mix of varied characters like the mysterious golden haired adventurer, an all powerful emperor, an imaginary queen, and a princess who has been erased from history.
The Enchantress of Florence is set in Mughal India and has parts of it seated in Renaissance Florence. What begins with a uneasy circumstance, when a mysterious Italian shows up at the Mughal court who claimed to be his relation, questions and doubts are raised about the authenticity of the same.
The book unfurls in a dreamlike atmosphere a technique that Rushdie resorts to often.And through this writing meter he explores the nature of love, of imagination, of loyalty and friendship and the forces that make history.
Pick this book up when you are bored with all the light reads on your bed stand.
My rating 3.5/5
This review is for Random House India; however the opinions expressed here are my own.