Friday, April 16, 2010

The Enchantress of Florence; A Book Review

Simple pages bring me to exotic lands and let me drift into the unreal, let me read your passages and let me ponder. Let me savour your imagination and for once let this dream inside your pages be real.

Particular stories are written so that readers will be transported from the real to the unreal. But once the readers start to read everything within the novel’s pages becomes real.

My current read is an adventure filled with mysticism. A story so unreal it makes it so enchanting.

“There was once, in Turkey, and adventurer-prince named Argalia or Arcalia, a great warrior who possessed enchanted weapons, and in whose retinue were four terrifying giants, and he had a woman with him, Angelica....Angelica, the princes of India and Cathay...”

This is the famous line from the novel “The Enchantress of Florence” by Salman Rushdie. Once again I tumbled into a book that was left in one corner of a bookstore. Not realizing that this book, an award winning novel (Booker Prize) would end up being as enchanting as the stories of Arabian Nights.

Who is this Enchantress of Florence? You will be surprised who she is! But before you will meet her you will be drifted away to exotic India where a lowly traveller keeps a secret only fit for an Emperor’s ears. An Emperor who might have conquered many kingdoms but yet to conquer himself. From here on the story will flourish with a lot of magic, religion, travel, wars, beauty, ugliness, loyalty, deceit, dreams, failures, love, lust and a whirlwind of secrets that readers will unravel as you turn each page. Indeed an adventure so refreshing that you need to read on.

I give this book a four out of five.


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