Snapshot of me reading:
Hey – Salman Rushdie! I’ve always wanted to read Midnight’s Children… oh. It’s 500+ pages and it’s weighty and ponderous… never mind. OK – how about The Satanic Verses? It’s 600 pages and it’s “marvelously erudite” according to the Amazon blurb. I ain’t feelin’ that now.
Ooh, this other book by Sir Rushdie has the words “Enchantress” and “Florence” in it and it’s got a preeeeety cover – I’m sold!
I picked this book up for $4 at a Border’s close-out sale, and that’s about what it was worth. It was rather ponderous, slightly mysterious, and had few good descriptions. I enjoyed the 4 hours it took to read, and hope to promptly sell it back to a used book store for slightly more than $4.
Since I’m feeling so blah about this book, I really don’t want to spend more time trying to describe the plot to you. It’s all very twisty and intertwining and full of unreliable narration—which I normally love but, in this case, the sheer weight of this book just smooshed the somewhat-exciting plot into the ground. If you want a synopsis or an actual review, go here or here or here. I’m feeling too underwhelmed to even try to summarize these other people’s summaries. Meh. 4 out of 10.