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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Salman Rushdie's New Book

Out yesterday, 3 June and I have already sent a sample of the first few chapters to my Kindle.

Amazon has a convenient feature which not only allows you to sample books gratis, but it shows you the current Kindle best-sellers on their site, updated hourly.

So far, Rushdie's book is at #52. This despite its very lyrical name:

The Enchantress Of Florence


Here is a synopsis.

"In these languid, languorous pages, the Emperor Akbar the Great dreams his ideal mistress into existence, a Florentine orphan rises to become the military champion of Islam, and a black-eyed beauty casts a spell on every man who sees her. Other characters include Machiavelli and Botticelli, Amerigo Vespucci, Adm. Andrea Doria and Vlad the Impaler (a.k.a. Dracula), not to discount various Medicis and the principal members of the Mughal court of Sikri, India. The action itself covers half the known world: the seacoast of Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the battlefields of the Middle East, Renaissance Italy and the newly discovered New World."

Any book which can evoke such a pantheon of historical characters, from Vlad the Impaler to Botticelli, and the Mughal shahs of India, well, I'm there.

I'm still a little concerned about his safety though. A blonde Italian orphan who becomes a military championess of Islam, a Muslim Joan of Arc?

Fortunately, the Ayatollah Khomeini is dead and buried because Mr. Rushdie does tend to sail close to that controversial wind.

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