The Golden House by Salman RushdieThe Golden House by Salman Rushdie

The Golden House

bySalman Rushdie

Hardcover | September 5, 2017

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One of the truly great writers of the century reaches beyond the very top of his game in this uncannily timely knockout of a novel. In quality and compelling scope, this is Rushdie's The Godfather meets The Great Gatsby--an unparalleled modern-day American thriller, with wonderful, moving characters and a grippingly entertaining story straight out of today's headlines, set against the panorama of American culture and politics from the inauguration of Obama to post-election Trump.

When powerful real-estate tycoon Nero Golden immigrates to the States under mysterious circumstances, he and his three adult children assume new identities, reinventing themselves as emperors living in a lavish house in downtown Manhattan. Arriving shortly after the inauguration of Barack Obama, he and his sons, each extraordinary in his own right, quickly establish themselves at the apex of New York society, even as Nero Golden continues to raise huge buildings carrying his name in gold letters.
     The story of the powerful Golden family is told from the point of view of their Manhattanite neighbour and confidant, René, an aspiring filmmaker who finds in the Goldens the perfect subject. René chronicles the undoing of the house of Golden: the high life of money, of art and fashion, a sibling quarrel, an unexpected metamorphosis, the arrival of a beautiful former model, betrayal and murder, and far away, in their abandoned homeland, some decent intelligence work that could ruin Nero Golden forever.
     Invoking literature, pop culture and the cinema, Rushdie spins the story of the American zeitgeist over the last eight years, hitting every beat: the rise of the birther movement, the Tea Party, and identity politics; Gamergate; the backlash against political correctness; the ascendancy of Superman and Batwoman and the superhero movie; and, of course, the insurgence of a ruthlessly ambitious, narcissistic villain with painted skin and coloured hair.
Sir SALMAN RUSHDIE is the multi-award winning author of twelve previous novels--Luka and the Fire of Life, Grimus, Midnight's Children (which won the Booker Prize, 1981, and the Best of the Booker Prize, 2008), Shame,The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the...
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Title:The Golden HouseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.5 × 6.2 × 1.2 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it It's Rushdie. what more does anyone need to say?
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read A fabulous read and concept.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good a good read though a bit slow at times. nevertheless, it's worth it
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Incredible from start to finish
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes Very pleased with this read
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant writing and an incredible story I have to confess that I am a huge Salman Rushdie fan. I think he is a brilliant writer and an incredible storyteller. In picking up The Golden House I was pretty sure I was going to love it. I wasn’t disappointed. As usual Rushdie’s writing blew me away with its cleverness, humour and humanity. I found myself highlighting passage after passage, just wanting to read them over and over and to share them with someone. The story he tells in The Golden House is so woven into current events that the two cannot be disentangled. His views of the 2016 election are very clear and his despair for America his palpable. While he doesn’t mention any names he does recount the election as between Batwoman, the hero, and the Joker, an insane clown. I laughed out loud over many passages and shook my head in wonder and disbelief that this wasn’t just fiction. Rushdie has a knack for pinpointing the exact pulse of current events and building his stories around them. This story is tragic and heartbreaking, dark and bleak while ultimately being hopeful. The Golden’s are fascinating and infuriating and very, very human. Their lives are packed full of a series of almost unbelievable events, much more than an average person would ever experience and they are larger than life characters yet pieces of their stories are relatable. Our narrator “Rene” sees the world through a cinematic lens and when he meets the Golden’s he sees that they are the perfect subjects for a film. Their lives do seem very much like a movie with organized crime, assassinations and secrets galore. The big mystery of the Golden’s and their history is unraveled slowly throughout the story while the present day events have huge impacts on the characters and their capacity to keep their secrets. Watching everything unfold was just riveting and I couldn’t put the book down. This was another sublime work by Rushdie and it just may be my favourite one yet! Thank you to Random House for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Date published: 2017-08-12

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ADVANCE PRAISE:“[A]mbitious and rewarding. . . . Replete with allusions to literature, film, mythology and politics, the novel simultaneously channels the calamities of Greek drama and the information overload of the internet. The result is a distinctively rich epic of the immigrant experience in modern America, where no amount of money or self-abnegation can truly free a family from the sins of the past.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Rushdie returns with a topical, razor-sharp portrait of life among the very rich, who are, of course, very different from the rest of us. Where Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities sent up the go-go, me-me Reagan/Bush era, Rushdie’s latest novel captures the existential uncertainties of the anxious Obama years. . . . A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed, no matter how well padded with cash.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)   “A canny observer whose imagination is fueled by anger, bemusement and wonder over humankind’s delusions and destructiveness, Rushdie writes novels that range from the mischievously fantastical . . . to the sharply satiric and unnervingly realistic. . . . [G]alvanizing epic. . . . It is also electric with literary echoes from Homer, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky and Fitzgerald, and vivid with cinematic tributes to Bunuel, Bergman and Hitchcock. . . . There is a scorching immediacy and provocation to Rushdie’s commanding tragedy of the self-destruction of a family of ill-gotten wealth and sinister power, of ambition and revenge, and the rise of a mad, vulgar, avaricious demigod hawking ‘radical untruth’ and seeding chaos. The Golden House is a headlines-stoked novel-on-fire sure to incite discussion. But it is also a ravishingly well-told, deeply knowledgeable, magnificently insightful, and righteously outraged epic which pos­es timeless questions about the human condition.” —Booklist (starred review)  PRAISE FOR SALMAN RUSHDIE:“In the selection of Salman Rushdie for the Chicago Tribune Literary Award, we honor one of the world’s most prominent writers, and one who has devoted his life to a principle we hold dear: freedom of speech. A prophetic writer, Rushdie has transcended boundaries and distinguished himself internationally with work that has both reflected and influenced the world.” —Chicago Tribune Literary Award citation “Rushdie’s lavish prose has the power to mesmerize and enthrall.” —TIME   “Salman Rushdie plunges us into a world of marvels.” —The New York Times   “As with Joyce or Borges or other great writers, Rushdie’s linguistic virtuosity incarnates the metamorphic possibilities of language.” —Toronto Star   “[Rushdie] wreathes every book with layers of myth, legend and literary allusion.” —Maclean’s   “Swift in Gulliver’s Travels, Voltaire in Candide, Sterne in Tristram Shandy. . . . Salman Rushdie, it seems to me is very much a latter-day member of their company.” —The New York Times Book Review   “Rushdie illuminates without sentimentality or political preaching.” —Philadelphia Inquirer  “Rushdie’s Shame changed everything. It was the book that changed my narrow perception of how to write a novel. It exploded what I considered to be the rules of writing fiction. . . . Reading Salman liberated my voice as a writer in the same way as Kafka and Marquez liberated Salman’s rise.” —Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings“Rushdie has emerged as arguably the most significant writer of the global novel.” —Asian American Writers’ Workshop “His inventiveness never flags.” —Kirkus Reviews  “A rare and magical writer.” —Michael Chabon, author of Moonglow   “His adroit mastery of language serves brilliantly imagined characters and . . . mesmerizing narrative.” —Toni Morrison   “A great novelist operating as a master of metamorphosis—transforming life, art and language in the subterranean maze of his imagination.” —Don DeLillo  “One stands in awe of Rushdie’s skill and his vision.” —Edmonton Journal  “With Rushdie one is always in the presence of a true original. . . . More than any other contemporary English writer, Rushdie makes the page sing with his prose.” —Washington Post Book World   “Time and space, understood conventionally, have never been enough for Rushdie’s antic imagination. . . . Comic and dazzling. . . . A writer of undeniable genius.” —Publishers Weekly  “Gracefully parses politics and art with equal vigor, knowledge and, most remarkably, irrepressible joy. A world-class writer and perceptive witness to international politics, personal valor, religious intolerance and artistic transcendence. . . . Rushdie’s literary mind is vibrant and generous, his heart stalwart, his pen mighty.” —Booklist