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Quichotte by Salman Rushdie (34)

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (September 3, 2019)
  • ISBN: 9780593132982


Quichotte, an aging travelling salesman obsessed with TV, is on a quest for love. Unfortunately, his daily diet of reality TV, sitcoms, films and soaps has distorted his ability to separate fantasy from reality. He wishes an imaginary son, Sancho, into existence, while obsessively writing love letters to a celebrity he knows only through his screen. Together the two innocents set off across America in Quichotte's trusty Chevy Cruze to find her and convince her of his love. Quichotte's story is told by Sam DuChamp, a mediocre spy novelist in the midst of a midlife crisis, and as the stories of DuChamp and Quichotte intertwine, we are taken on a wild, picaresque journey through a familiar country on the edge of moral and spiritual collapse.

Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen previous novels—GrimusMidnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), ShameThe Satanic VersesHaroun and the Sea of StoriesThe Moor’s Last SighThe Ground Beneath Her FeetFuryShalimar the ClownThe Enchantress of FlorenceLuka and the Fire of LifeTwo Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, and The Golden House—and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction—Joseph AntonThe Jaguar SmileImaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line—and coedited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

REVIEW:
What a hard book to read, but I'm glad I did.
Doesn't mean that I enjoyed it though. In the end, I didn't.
This story is a ghost story of sorts and yet not a ghost story. It's a flip between two worlds. Reality and fiction, which the author is living in the weirdest reality anyway.
Plus there was a hint of Pinnochio. Y'know, the wooden boy with Jimminy Cricket. A little too close to the original story for me, from such a controversial writer. I'm disappointed in this entirely.
It's supposed to be a love story but the only love I saw was between brother and sister. Was that theoretical? I have no clue, maybe... Otherwise, it's gross and wrong.
I'm lost. I don't even want to be found at this point.
Still, I'm happy I read something from Rushdie. I just wish I went with the book I was most curious about, The Satanic Verses. After reading this, I don't know if I can do another of his books. It's a lot.


1.5/5




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Comments

  1. I haven't read any books by Rushdie and from your review, this is not the one I would start with.

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  2. I read one book by Rushdie, too. I didn’t like it at all, either. I don’t even remember the title, which is typical if I don’t like the book. I don’t plan on trying out his other books now.

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  3. i think rushdie is an acquired taste. i read his satanic verses twice trying to figure out why it was so controversial, which was the reason i bought it to begin with
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  4. I've read two of his novels, and they were both VERY different. If you go with something more conventional, less fantasy, like his "Golden House" you might find that easier going. Just an idea...

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