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Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

de Salman Rushdie

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"From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding novel that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush modern fairytale in which our world has been plunged into an age of unreason, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is a breathtaking achievement and an enduring testament to the power of storytelling"-- "Once upon a time, in a world just like ours, there came "the time of the strangenesses." Reason receded and the loudest, most illiberal voices reigned. A simple gardener began to levitate, and a powerful djinn -- also known as the Princess of Fairyland -- raised an army composed entirely of her semi-magical great-great-great-grandchildren. A baby was born with the ability to see corruption in the faces of others. The ghosts of two philosophers, long dead, began arguing once more. And a battle for the kingdom of Fairyland was waged throughout our world for 1,001 nights -- or, to be more precise, for two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights. Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is a masterful, playfully enchanting meditation on the power of love and the importance of rationality, replete with flying carpets and dynastic intrigue"--… (més)
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I am giving up on you as I can see that it will take me at least 1001 days to get it done. It has tired me. I get that this is magical realism, but it got boring. Life is too short.
  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
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Scoprire che l'ardore fisico di Dunia poteva essere mitigato dai racconti gli procurò un po' di sollievo. «Raccontami una storia» gli diceva spesso, rannicchiandosi tra le sue braccia in modo da averne le mani poggiate sulla testa. E in quelle occasioni lui pensava: "Bene, per stanotte sono fuori dai guai"
  perseveranza | Feb 18, 2021 |
This book is suitably surreal and magical enough to be part of Rushdie's output. It revolves around jinn and humans coming in contact after a separation of a thousand years, and the mayhem that ensues. In the end, the fate of the world rests in the hands of one woman...and a couple of half human descendants. The main issue I have with the book is that it is almost all build up; the climax is over almost before it begins. The final epic battle is unsatisfying either as a battle or as a story. There are a lot of loose ends; that isn't always a bad thing, but in this case it sort of seemed like he just got to a point where he got sick of the story and said "the hell with it, I'll write an ending and be done". The ending was not worthy of Rushdie, though the rest of the book was. Overall, an easy and fun read. ( )
  Devil_llama | Dec 8, 2020 |
That was interesting. Very dense, a little disconnected, and a little strange, but an interesting take on the 1001 Nights storytelling tradition. 3.5 stars. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
I have another shameful confession: Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is the first novel by Salman Rushdie I've ever read. Just like with Margaret Atwood, the absence of his other work in my reading history is another one of my biggest gaps.

And just like with Ms. Atwood, I wish I'd read some of his other work first.

I spent some time thinking about how to write a review of this book, how best to sum it up. Then I came across the New York Times review of it and realized that I can't put it any better than they did. So I'm going to be horribly lazy and just link to theirs:

Salman Rushdie's 'Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights' by Marcel Theroux (posted on October 2, 2015)

All I would add to this is the fact that Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights sent me to sleep more reliably than just about anything I've ever read. I never got through more than 10-15 pages without drifting off. It took me five days to read this book. It shouldn't have taken me five days—the book's not that long and it's not a difficult text. The reason it took me five days to read is because I fell asleep every. single. time I sat down with it.

The novel isn't dry or boring. It's not dull. But there's something about the language—the rhythm and cadence, the tonality—which functions as a powerful soporific. And while the novel isn't dull, I wouldn't characterize as it as terribly compelling, either.

There's one thing in particular about both Mr. Rushdie's Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights and also Ms. Atwood's The Heart Goes Last which strikes me as odd for authors of this caliber:

One of the fundamental axioms of good writing is, "Show, don't tell."

In other words, don't tell me what you think I should know about a character; rather, let me observe them as they reveal themselves through their actions. For example, telling the reader that a character is feeling sad is far less powerful than showing them as they work through their grief (without overt authorial editorializing).

Both of these works from Mr. Rushdie and Ms. Atwood do a whole lot of telling and not nearly enough showing. Both of them indulge in rather a lot of authorial editorializing. That tells me that both of these stories were underdeveloped. Neither of these stories was quite ready to be written down yet.

Again, just like with Ms. Atwood, I still plan to read Mr. Rushdie's more renowned novels and fill in this gap in my reading history. I fully expect his other work to impress me better. ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
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What's frustrating is to see glimpses of Rushdie's very real talent. Lines stand out, a wife who "slipped out of history" when her husband abandoned her, "he took it with him when he left," an "old town of salmon minarets and enigmatic walls," a "heart filled with something that might have been happiness, but poured out of his eyes as grief." But this is his second extremely bad book in a row — consult Zoë Heller's incineration of his memoir "Joseph Anton," for further detail — and it's beginning to seem as if that talent may be in permanent arrest.
afegit per ozzer | editaChicago Tribune, Charles Finch (Sep 2, 2015)
 

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"From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding novel that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush modern fairytale in which our world has been plunged into an age of unreason, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is a breathtaking achievement and an enduring testament to the power of storytelling"-- "Once upon a time, in a world just like ours, there came "the time of the strangenesses." Reason receded and the loudest, most illiberal voices reigned. A simple gardener began to levitate, and a powerful djinn -- also known as the Princess of Fairyland -- raised an army composed entirely of her semi-magical great-great-great-grandchildren. A baby was born with the ability to see corruption in the faces of others. The ghosts of two philosophers, long dead, began arguing once more. And a battle for the kingdom of Fairyland was waged throughout our world for 1,001 nights -- or, to be more precise, for two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights. Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is a masterful, playfully enchanting meditation on the power of love and the importance of rationality, replete with flying carpets and dynastic intrigue"--

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