Monday, August 31, 2015

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

"Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights" by Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight's Children  weaved Eastern mythology with history and a timeless love story with modern presentation techniques.  The inter-layers of this fiction gives this book a mystical quality, reminiscent of the famous "One Thousand and One Nights", which "Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights" seems to reference (two years eight months and twenty eight adds up to 1001).   Is it successful or does it lack a sense of synergy?


We start off as a history lesson derived from the mythology of jinns, and then the start of it all. Dunia, a princess of the jinns fell in love with a human, and together produced a vast number of children, and their "bloodline" continued on for generations.  Come modern day, a weather event begins the emergence of power among Dunia's descendants. Together with others, they are called to enter in an epic battle between light and dark. 

A fantasy of sort, "Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights" touch upon elements of surprise, moral compasses, belief systems, love and betrayal.  Unfortunately, it falls short in melding the different layers and components together seamlessly.  Mr. Rushdie writes beautifully in philosophical prose but one can read this book, and get lost in the language.  Lost to a point of losing ground on what the point of the paragraph or sentence was about.  The gentle philosophical probing throughout can get in the way with the overall story.  In truth, it's a great premise of a love story, that doesn't seem to work with the latter half of the story. In the end, it didn't give me anything to remember it by. I wasn't immersed in the plot or too excited about the characters. Nothing captivated me to want to continue with further research about the topic or the author.  With this, I'll point out this is my first novel of Mr. Rushdie's, and it very well be my last.  However, I do see Mr. Rushdie's creativity and intelligence in this book, and his hard work in the research. In all, this is not one to remember.

NOTE: I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher, Random House Publishing through Net-Galley for an honest review.

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