Friday, November 20, 2015

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

From Goodreads:
From one of the greatest writers of our time: the most spellbinding, entertaining, wildly imaginative novel of his great career, which blends history and myth with tremendous philosophical depth. A masterful, mesmerizing modern tale about worlds dangerously colliding, the monsters that are unleashed when reason recedes, and a beautiful testament to the power of love and humanity in chaotic times.
Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment, this is a spectacular achievement--enchanting, both very funny and terrifying. It is narrated by our descendants 1000 years hence, looking back on "The War of the Worlds" that began with "the time of the strangenesses": a simple gardener begins to levitate; a baby is born with the unnerving ability to detect corruption in people; the ghosts of two long-dead philosophers begin arguing once more; and storms pummel New York so hard that a crack appears in the universe, letting in the destructive djinns of myth (as well as some graphic superheroes). Nothing less than the survival of our world is at stake. Only one, a djinn princess who centuries before had learned to love humankind, resolves to help us: in the face of dynastic intrigue, she raises an army composed of her semi-magical great-great--etc.--grandchildren--a motley crew of endearing characters who come together to save the world in a battle waged for 1,001 nights--or, to be precise, two years, eight months and twenty-eight nights.
From Me:
This book was not the book for me.
1 star.
I might not have loved the book, but I do love the girls I discussed it with.
The Lit Wits!
(7 out of 22.  Sometimes it's like that)


JoAnn said...

Salman Rushdie scares me! I know I should read him some day, but probably won't start here ;-)

Tina said...

I tried reading one of his books before & it was most decidedly not for me. Great you had good discussion though!

bermudaonion said...

What did everyone else think about the book?

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I've read so many bad reviews of this book. Sad. He just came to Houston, but I decided not to bother going to see him...who wants to hear more about a disappointing book?

Literary Feline said...

His books intimidate me. Admittedly, this one isn't on my list of books to read, although someday I want to give something of his a try. I'm sorry this one wasn't better for you.

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