After a very long period of time, I am posting a book review on my blog. Almost after a 3 year sabbatical, if I were to be specific. A lot has happened in last 3 years but one thing that kept me going was reading. I was reading, but not reviewing. However, now in my current phase of life, I have enough time to read and update my blog regularly.
One of the review requests that I got recently was Salman Rushdie’s latest offering The Golden House. I picked this book up thinking that I would easily sail through this one but I was quite wrong. The most difficult part of reading any Salman Rushdie book is that you cannot let your attention wander, if you allow that to happen, you will a certain thread. It is his craft that keeps you hooked right from the word go.
The story is about Golden family – a father with his three sons who reinvent themselves in Manhattan after leaving their country of origin. Reason? Well, the criminal associations of the father led to their uprooting. They start fresh with new names and fate had some other plans for all of them. The story is narrated by a neighbour of the Golden family, who is a wannabe filmmaker who is deeply rooted into the pop-culture. A lot of references to movies, books etc. go a little overboard at times to the point of irritation.
Without getting into the deeper details of the story and the narrative of the book, I would like to say that Rushdie has seamlessly drawn parallels between The Golden family and the current president of the United States of America. This is not a very compelling piece of work, however, as a reader, I would not take away the fact that at times, it feels like you’re actually living in a world that Rushdie is trying to paint through his words – it gets realistic and haunting at the same time.
Overall, I would say that this is a book not every reader can sail through. It is dense and will take a little effort from a reader to get a grip and turn its pages. Do read it only if you have the patience & time to turn its pages.
Title: The Golden House
Author: Salman Rushdie
Publisher: Penguin Random House India