September 11, 2015

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights by Salam Rushdie

T I T L E: Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights
A U T H O R: Salman Rushdie
P U B L I S H E R: Random House Publishing Group/Random House
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 8, 2015
I S B N: 9780812998917
Fantasy, Literature Fiction (Adult)
From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush, richly layered novel 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.
In the near future, after a storm strikes New York City, the strangenesses begin. A down-to-earth gardener finds that his feet no longer touch the ground. A graphic novelist awakens in his bedroom to a mysterious entity that resembles his own sub–Stan Lee creation. Abandoned at the mayor's office, a baby identifies corruption with her mere presence, marking the guilty with blemishes and boils. A seductive gold digger is soon tapped to combat forces beyond imagining.
Unbeknownst to them, they are all descended from the whimsical, capricious, wanton creatures known as the jinn, who live in a world separated from ours by a veil. Centuries ago, Dunia, a princess of the jinn, fell in love with a mortal man of reason. Together they produced an astonishing number of children, unaware of their fantastical powers, who spread across generations in the human world.
Once the line between worlds is breached on a grand scale, Dunia's children and others will play a role in an epic war between light and dark spanning a thousand and one nights—or two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights. It is a time of enormous upheaval, in which beliefs are challenged, words act like poison, silence is a disease, and a noise may contain a hidden curse.



     Jinn are not creatures that you see often in stories which is one of the reasons that I was drawn to this book. One of the other reasons was that it is written by Salmon Rushdie, a well known if not sometimes controversial author.
     It took me longer to get through this book than it normally would. And so, I'm finding it a bit difficult to actually write this review. The reason for that is not because I didn’t like it or because the writing wasn’t well done, but because the language is formal therefore a bit wordy in some places.
     The information given in the beginning about the Jinn was interesting. However, I never became all that interested in the characters. It was a fantastic concept but the story itself just didn’t grab me. Despite the fact that I felt it was a bit too wordy for my liking I still think it was well done. And I did like the main idea of the story so I am going with three stars on this one.


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