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Out of the Box
on March 26, 2011
After reading "The Tiger's Wife" and being recovering from that disappointment, I found great comfort reading "Grimus: A Novel" by Salman Rushdie.
I generally love Rushdie and this book enforced that conviction. It involves travel between dimensions, immortality, gorfs, and anagrams. It was fun to rearrange letters to determine that gorfs were like frogs and that there is a cool anagram for dimensions, milky way universe and earth. What anagram does GRIMUS represent?
This book revolves around immortal Axon amerindian "Flapping Eagle" and his desire to age and find a home. Via a con man, he travels through dimensions and universes to arrive at Calf Island washing up behind the rocking chairs of Delores O'Toole and Virgil Jones. She is a grossly ugly petite hunchback and he is an obese lunatic genius. See why I LOVE Rushdie???
The adventure begins when Flapping Eagle and Virgil decide to go up the mountain into the Town of K. It is delicious, complex, thought provoking and keeps you on your toes as you read.
Okay as you can tell this is great book...wonderful descriptions, incredible insights, and complex characters. Oh did I mention that there is whore house in the town of K?
Themes include the price of mortality and definitions of morality. What makes a good person a good soul? What should Flapping Eagle do when he arrives at the top of the mountain and faces Grimus? (Trust me that is a crucial theme that is deeper than what I stated)