(Despite the absolutely adorable feature image, this book has nothing to do with dogs)
Once again, I was introduced to this text through my studies at University, who’d have thought an English degree would entail reading so many books!? Anyway, although the plot to this text is fascinating and explores the rich history of India, it isn’t one of my favourite reads.
Rushdie uses a large amount of references within his work, some of which were unknown to me upon reading, which made parts of the text a little confusing to comprehend. I definitely relied on Google whilst reading this, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I prefer to read books that draw me into their plots without reading too much into other details. This being said, I didn’t hate the book by any means. The plot itself was really enjoyable and it is an extremely well written text!
The history behind this book is absolutely fascinating and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in studying History, in particular the history of Colonialism. If you don’t like History, don’t be put off by the amount of it that is used within the text. This book is definitely classified within the genre of magical realism and it’s fantasy aspects also make for a good read.
If you like an easy read then I wouldn’t recommend reading this book, however, in my opinion it was really interesting once I understood the references that were used. If you do read this, make sure that you research anything you don’t understand! This will make the text far more powerful and offer a larger insight into the message that the author is portraying.