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“No surprises in this story... the telling has lots of twists but the turns are seen well in advance. A beautiful telling, nonetheless. Language so magical one forgives the predictable. Indian history, folklore and drama. I am not such a fool to take this fictional account as gospel, however I was...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Loved the beginning and the details of the Jews in Cochin. I had visited the synagogue on a previous trip to India. And the richly detailed business of the sopice trade etc... But along the way, the story got 'lost' and it started becoming tedious.”see full review » see other reviews »
“goobledy gook I grew very tired of the semantics and quit reading”chopperdog wrote this review Saturday, May 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“August book club.
This book is incredibly slow going at the start, but stick with it. It gets going, eventually.
It's the only Rudhdie I've read (yet), and it's not going to make any list of "books you've got to read!" that someone can beat out of me. But it's a good ride. You'll feel at times that you need a PhD in 20th century Indian history to follow along, but mostly you can manage. Outside of the main character, the narrator ("Moor"), almost everyone in the book is two dimensional. But there's a richness to the language and and engagement to the loopy story line that will keep most people going. The ending isn't the most satisfying you'll ever encounter, but the journey there is fine.
Also, the dialect of some of his characters quickly goes from absurd and comical to tedious and annoying, but I suppose that's a small point.”
“Though the story line seems similar to "Midnight Children", this book is boring and inneteresting. After reading half of the book, I couldn't be less excited to continue reading it. Somehow I didn't care about the story because it wasn't going anywhere... Feeling disappointed after Midnight Children...”Ana C wrote this review Wednesday, February 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Time Magazine's Best Book of the Year Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie combines a ferociously witty family saga with a surreally imagined and sometimes blasphemous chronicle of modern India and flavors the mixture with peppery soliloquies on art, ethnicity, religious fanaticism, . After half of the book the cutsie language gets tiring.”Laurel B Deloria wrote this review Friday, June 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“dorin d said: 2 stars
Robephiles said: 4 stars
A richly textured fable that goes off the rails toward the end. Normally, I dislike the kind of book that feels it necessary to fill in decades of family history before the main character is even born but in this case Rushdie tells the family history which such verve, style and humor that it ends up overshadowing the main story. Once the narrator is born his story is less involving than that of his family and the ending doesn't bring the threads together into anything moving or profound. It is still a superior book and those that love wordplay over story will really like it but to others it may seem a dazzling exercise that never goes beyond an experimentation with the language. ”
“As in his most famous book, Midnights Children, Rushdie includes an amazing extravagance of detail and richness of character to his creations here too. Telling the story of the Da Gama-Zogoiby family, this novel requires a bit of patience initially but as the tale and characters open up to the reader, you cannot help but be pulled into the web of myriad characters and emotions as the 'Moor' recounts his tragic life story. In all honesty, I think I liked this even more than Midnights.”Praveen P wrote this review Sunday, November 20, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Reading the Moor’s Last Sight is like getting flushed with a waterfall of language. Rushdie’s characters make up their own language, inventing new verbs, nouns and adverbs as they please. Narrated by Moraes Zogoiby (aka the Moor), this novel relates the family saga of the descendents of Vasco da Gama in India during the 20th century. Rushdie has a wonderful way with words and knows how to entertain, shock and delight his readers. Although I was appalled with Uma Sarasvati and her treacherous tricks, I truly loved the first half of the book.”Louisa van der Luyden wrote this review Wednesday, April 20, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love Rushdie's women characters.”BookBum wrote this review Tuesday, January 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was such a freaky book but still loved aurora........”Abhishek Srivastav wrote this review Saturday, December 25, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No