Two Years Eight Months And Twenty-eight Nights: A Novel by Salman RushdieTwo Years Eight Months And Twenty-eight Nights: A Novel by Salman Rushdie

Two Years Eight Months And Twenty-eight Nights: A Novel

bySalman Rushdie

Hardcover | September 8, 2015

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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.
Sir SALMAN RUSHDIE is the multi-award winning author of eleven 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...
Title:Two Years Eight Months And Twenty-eight Nights: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.5 × 6.3 × 0.9 inPublished:September 8, 2015Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345810228

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rushdie fans, rejoice! New readers, perservere: it's worth it. This was the first book by Rushdie that I have read in its entirety, although I have read excerpts in some of my literature classes in university. I will caution immediately that this is not an easy book to get into and it is not a light or casual read--at first, anyway. I have read many dry and literary texts and it really took me some dedication to get through the beginning. But once the reader understands the set up the story and, perhaps more importantly, the multiple layers that exist in the story, they will be absolutely captivated by the fantastical and literary treatise that Rushdie has weaved. Rushdie fans will enjoy this book; as will fans of Eastern folklore and philosophy. It warrants multiple reads and is one of those books that will mean different things at different points in a person's life. I finished this book a fortnight ago and am still thinking about it. It's inspired me to read Voltaire's Candide again, which is a clear (ironic) influence on the book. Any book that inspires its reader to pick up philosophy is a winner to me, but the broad appeal may not be obvious for the uninitiated or non-literary reader.
Date published: 2015-07-30

Editorial Reviews

Longlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award“A strange and really funny work, it tells of the place where religion and reason go to war, coupled with a uniquely Indian/Middle Eastern method of storytelling.” —Rebecca Zamon, The Huffington Post (Canada)“The king of magic realism has made a habit of penning wildly imaginative novels, and his latest is no different. . . . Steeped in history with an eye to the future, Rushdie always manages to entertain and take readers on a memorable journey.” —Ron Johnson, Post City Toronto“In his first novel since his third-person memoir, Rushdie’s imagination is completely on fire. His spiffy, super-heroic take on the 1001 nights. With beautiful language and a healthy dash of humour, Two Years will delight old fans and new readers alike.” —National Post (Best Book) “[Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights] unfolds with dry humour and depictions of brutal destruction along with loving descriptions of old, tired bodies and fragile broken hearts.” —Canadian Living “Like the best Rushdie novels, Two Years is playful and inventive, and also intellectually bracing. The narrators are unerringly postmodern, problematizing, as postmodern scholars must, the authenticity of their ‘historical’ account.” —Manjushree Thapa, The Globe and Mail“There are still few writers better at serious fun than Rushdie. His ability to compress pop culture, literary allusion, and myth into contemporary characters and incidents is on prime display here. . . . Rushdie uses a fairy tale to negotiate with the infernal realities of a world steeped in political, fanatical, and economic violence.” —Naben Ruthnum, National Post“[A] dazzling display of storytelling. . . . Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights often seems like a joyous return to what Rushdie does: imaginative, satirical, funny, strange and often controversial fiction.” —Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald“In Rushdie’s wickedly astute, comic, fantastic, and spirited update of One Thousand and One Nights, the action (flying carpets, gigantic attacking serpents) surges from drastic to exuberantly madcap as he spins piercingly merry social and political commentary.” —Booklist“The book is so exuberantly and infectiously surreal. . . . You have to admire all the tools that Rushdie puts at his disposal, including humor. . . . Rushdie’s style—some call it postmodernism; some, magical realism—is right for the times. . . . [O]ne thing you can conclude is that the new novel is very thought-provoking.” —Rob Neufeld, Citizen-Times“Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights maintains Rushdie’s class act with writing and overwhelming the thought processes. Well argued, well attempted—this one is among the most readable works of Salman Rushdie. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, keeps a strong binding with history and mythology—and even compels the readers to enter a space where things are not straight placed.” —The Kathmandu Post“I love, love, love [Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights]. I think it’s my favourite of his, ahead even of Midnight’s Children. The fantasy elements are just magical and, of course, it’s gorgeously written.” —Marianne Faithfull, The Guardian“[A] love-soaked jumble of New York and other worlds. Call it Jinn and Tonic.” —Jeanette Winterson, The Guardian“[W]ondrously and masterfully written. I recommend [Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights] for the politically astute, the lover of beautiful sentences, those who need humor infused with the difficult and of course, devotees.” —Artvoice “This weirdly funny novel translates the bloody conflicts between rationalists and religious fanatics into the comic-book antics of warring jinn wielding bolts of fire, mystical transmutations and rhyming battle spells.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post “Rushdie was never a writer who tiptoed stealthily into the reader’s imagination, avoiding the creaking floorboards of incredulity. He has always indulged the enchanter’s power to say ‘fiat lux’ and populate his fictional world with whatever he chooses. . . . [Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights] quickly becomes a breathless mash-up of wormholes, mythical creatures, current affairs and disquisitions on philosophy and theology. Behind its glittery encrustations, the plot resembles the bare outline for a movie about superheroes.” —Marcel Theroux, The New York Times