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The Moor's Last Sigh: A novel

The Moor's Last Sigh - Salman Rushdie This is another hard book to rate and review. Rushdie is a smart, ingenious and purposeful writer. Everything is cleverly thought out and his use of language is magical. He bends the words with ease and brings out richer meanings. The plot is an original story that unfolds as a series of riddles to a satirical account of modern India.Yet, in spite of all that, the book did not click with me. The characters remain puppets. As exotic cartoons they act out a sort of fable that sometimes appears without direction. The novel seems another example of what is by now a well-established genre in the literature of the subcontinent, that of magical allegories of the history of its Independence. Rushdie may have been the pioneer of this trend with his “Midnight Children”. I preferred the earlier novel.In this genre I also liked Shashi Tharoor's [b:The Great Indian Novel|30843|The Great Indian Novel|Shashi Tharoor|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1168143889s/30843.jpg|2777439], in which he mixes the Mahabharata with the account of the Partition.Since Rushdies’s Enchantress of Florence is on my bookshelves anyway, I will certainly read one more of his books and hopefully will like it better.But here is a brilliant review of the Moor that does the book better justice:http://www.nytimes.com/books/99/04/18/specials/rushdie-moor.html

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