When Flapping Eagle, the immortal hero of this fantasy, tires of existence, he travels to Calf Island, home of Grimus, the man who granted him eternal life, and shakes things up a bit. In its 1979 review, PW termed this an "artful first novel. . . . There are a few passages where Rushdie seems to be trying too hard, but in general, after a slow start, the book takes off like Flapping Eagle's namesake."
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“A fireworks of a book: beautiful, funny, and endlessly surprising.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
“A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present-day. . . . Thunderous and touching.” —Financial Times
“Grimus is one of those novels some people will say is too good to be science fiction, even though it contains other universes, dimensional doorways, alien creatures, and more than one madman. . . . A book to be read twice . . . Grimus is science fiction in the best sense of the word. It is literate, it is fun, it is meaningful, and perhaps most important, it pushes the boundaries of the form outward.” —Los Angeles Times
“Ambitious, strikingly confident.” —The Times Literary Supplement
Grimus is either a fantasy or science fiction novel--depending on how you define the terms--that explores various notions of ideology, personality, and cultural equivalence through... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steven Davis
This is a very intriguing story. It kept me wishing to know what was coming throughout the whole book. Great book.Published 19 months ago by A. Trejo
I have read a number of Salman Rushdie books over the years. I also have seen shorter pieces. I enjoy his work. This is an exception. Read morePublished 23 months ago by James C. Casterline
The Amerindian Flapping Eagle has just crashed on the shores of Calf Island (via a special portal a la "LOST" season 5), an island of immortals like himself, and meets the... Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by John Keith
I managed to get through this whole novel, but found it somewhat tedious at the best of times. The writing sounds rather tired and mechanical, as though Rushdie is getting bored... Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Ben
Grimus is the first novel by Salman Rushdie and it has been described as a science fiction/fantasy novel. Read morePublished on May 5, 2012 by Cloggie Downunder
After reading "The Tiger's Wife" and being recovering from that disappointment, I found great comfort reading "Grimus: A Novel" by Salman Rushdie. Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by Chandler H. Cobb
As someone who is not a regular reader of Rushdie's works, I'm going into this review fairly unaffected by any sort of opinion of him formed by other works (I just picked up "East,... Read morePublished on August 1, 2008 by Natalie
I hate to admit it (but I have to), but it took me too long to finish this novel. I started it out of respect for the great and mighty Rushdie, who I certainly know of, but had not... Read morePublished on March 22, 2008 by Aco