A Novel

eBook - 2003
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After drinking an elixir that bestows immortality upon him, a young Indian named Flapping Eagle spends the next seven hundred years sailing the seas with the blessing, and ultimately the burden, of living forever. Eventually, he grows weary of the sameness of life and journeys to the mountainous Calf Island to regain his mortality. There he meets other immortals obsessed with their own stasis, and he sets out to scale the island's peak, from which the mysterious and corrosive Grimus Effect emits. Through a series of thrilling quests and encounters, Flapping Eagle comes face-to-face with the island's creator and unwinds the mysteries of his own humanity.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2003, c1975
ISBN: 9780307358738
Characteristics: 1 online resource (318 p.)


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joeactionhero Jul 14, 2014

At about page 100 Mr. Rusdie "looses it". Novel became pretty well "word salad" and the theretofore plot became unworkable and unreadable. With dilegence (sp?) perhaps a tale could be mined from the following chapters, but I gave up the effort.

Up to page 100 or so, it had be a delightful read in magical realism, predateing Gabriel Garcia Marquez's bestsellers, I think.

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