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The Enchantress of Florence – A review


A captivating novel, a dazzling gem, what more can one say of ‘The Enchantress of Florence’, a book by Sir Salman Rushdie, written in 2008. Compare, if I can, the Enchantress is even more charming, entertaining and thought-provoking than Rushdie’s Booker-winning "Midnight's Children". Gripping in its presentation, this inexpressibly beautiful novel will make you hold your breath over and over again.

About the author

There is nothing much I can tell about Sir Salman Rushdie, that you wouldn’t know. Sir Rushdie is a British Indian novelist and essayist. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor for "services to literature" in June 2007. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses written in 1988 invited protests from Muslims in several countries. Rushdie spent nearly a decade, largely underground, as he faced death threats and a religious edict from them.

Synopsis of the story

Akbar, the Mughal Emperor, holds court at Fatepur Sikri, when a mystifying yellow-haired stranger arrives, claiming to be an ambassador from England. The yellow haired stranger has many a tale narrate about Florence, a European City and the enchantress from the East. The enchantress, the stranger claims, is the Grandaunt of Akbar.

The stranger fascinates every one with stories of the enchantress who enraptured the people of Florence with her beauty and grace. But will these stories be the undoing of the court, and will Akbar's growing affection for the storyteller cause even more discord amongst his family? Read on……. You will be fascinated too!!!!!!

Theme of the story

The Enchantress is partly based on facts and partly on fiction. The great Mughal Emperor of India, Akbar and his sons are historic; but the golden haired enchantress of Florence, could be Rushdie’s flight of fantasy. Two civilizations clash through the pages of this novel, that of the Mughal Empire in the East and the Empire of the Medici's in the West. The Enchantress is labelled a Novel, but I would prefer to call it an Epic.

Other books by Sir Salman Rushdie

» Grimus (1975)

» Midnight's Children (1981) Booker Prize and Best of Booker

» The Firebird's Nest (1997)

» Shalimar the Clown (2005)

Like a precious gem, the Enchantress dazzles, polished by Rushdie's powerfully lyrical style and brilliantly rendered scenes, like a gem it enraptures, dazzles and captivates you – no, not a book to be missed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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