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The Moor's Last Sigh [Paperback]

Salman Rushdie
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3.0 out of 5 stars a literary experience April 8 2001
Anyone taken film rights? It should be a Hindi movie, that's for sure. Just with some added sophistication and mind madness! Salman Rusdie successfully keeps readers at the edge of their seats in this Bold and the Beautiful meets the Indian Brady Bunch family saga described entirely by the youngest member of the Zogioby CLAN if we can call it that. There are some things which are bizarre,such as the Moor's aging. But there are many descriptions and lines in the book that can touch any soul. It teaches that life should never be taken for granted, the Moor is the best example, he lived every year like they were two, and he had still accomplished so much in his short life. ONe of my favourite lines is "defeated love is still a treasure,and those who choose lovelessness have won no victory at all!" tells me to take risks in life, so not be so afraid of what bad might happen. to just LIVE. For those who enjoy a family story engulfed by love, jealousy, money, corruption, insanity and art this is the story for you. ENJOY!
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2.0 out of 5 stars tedious Dec 29 2000
Salman Rushdie's chronicle of the da Gama-Zoigby merchant family wends its way from the 1492 expulsion, by Ferdinand and Isabella, of Moslems and Jews from Spain to modern India, where Hindu nationalists seek to define non Hindus out of India, back to Spain where the narrator is imprisoned by a mad Moor. It's two broadest themes seem to be: (1) that religious identity is not that important or, at least, should not be considered that important; and (2) that the modern age (1492 you will readily recall is the year that Columbus sailed) has been uniquely defined by such religious intolerance. One can obviously understand that a writer who is living under threat of death for blaspheming Mohammed would feel this way, however, he is wrong on both counts.
As to the first point, individuals are defined by their religious/moral beliefs and cultures are defined by the dominant religious/moral beliefs of their members. Mr. Rushdie seems to relish turning religious characters into evil caricatures; Abraham, for instance, is portrayed as the kind of evil Jewish criminal overlord that we would sooner expect to find in 1930's Nazi propaganda. He seems to believe that serious religious beliefs necessarily warp the soul & make believers evil. It's odd that this author who is so widely celebrated as a victim of religious intolerance, is himself so intolerant of others.
In fact, there's a weird sort of dissonance in the outrage we hear from Mr. Rushdie and his defenders. On the one hand, they loudly declare the importance of free expression and the right to broadcast ideas, no matter how objectionable. But on the other hand, they react in horror to the fact that ideas & speech have consequences. Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly magnificant. Dec 17 2000
By Kate
I have read both 'Satanic Verses' and 'Midnight's Children in the past, adoring and recommending both to a host of friends and relatives. Rushdie has a way with words, and capturing the attention of the reader with his blend of magic realism and poetry.
So it was with this high opinion that I began one of his latest and less contriversal novels, and my soaring opinion of the man and his beautiful books only began to rise once I had completed this novel. There is no greater modern writer than Rushdie, perhaps with the exception of the magic realism master Marquez. It is evident in Rushdie's books that he feeds off Marquez, and he undoubtedly does so with his own fine balance of wit, humility and intellect, and this book is the finest example of Rushdie's continuing brillance against adversity and scrunity.
Rushdie indeed deserved the award for 'Booker of Bookers', however I wonder whether a better choice would have been the 'Moor's Last Sigh', which matches, if not overtakes 'Midnight's Children' in terms of enjoyment and brillance.
Wonderful, full and rich by an author who continues to astonish me and so many others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rushdie dumbed down, but an OK read... Sept. 4 2000
By A Customer
This was my fifth Rushdie book (after Midnight, Satanic, East and Haroun). I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. While Rushdie's prose is, as always, to be admired, I felt that some of the word play was a bit too simplistic this time around (for example, the obvious reference to the racist second line "catch a nigger by his toe" of the British verse by naming the four children Ina, Minnie, Mynah and Moor").
The story itself is staged like a bad Bollywood film. While the novel does feature some intriguing characters (such as the hilarious Helsing, the detective Dim Mento who seems straight out of a dime novel and the insane Ima) that are fun and gleefully cartoonish (even for Rushdie!), the lengthy family history reads like a retread of Midnight's Children. Whereas Midnight masterfully tied in the events of the family into Indian history, the events of the Zogoiby line are simply actions of amoral characters that never take on the high drama Rushdie is aiming for. And while Rushdie does allow us to sympathize with the narrator, I felt that the lackluster plotline had me reading Moor for the sake of reading it. For the first time, I was unable to truly delve into the world that Rushdie was presenting to us.
Another problem lies with the formulaic tying-up of plot threads. Rushdie presents some intriguing religious dynamics early on (a man caught between several conflicting religions), but fails to pay it off, prefering to concentrate on a surprisingly formulaic stint with the underworld.
There are some interesting metaphors for the Western cultural invasion of India (Abraham in the COD tower reminded me of Howard Hughes).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and illuminating novel
Every time I read one of Rushdie's novels I come away enlightened and amazed, and certainly reading the literary masterpiece The Moor's Last Sigh is no exception. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lorina Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Story Time
Remember story time? Mom or dad would gently lull you into a dreamworld with tales of fantasy, or keep you up all night following a captivating adventure. Well this is story time. Read more
Published on March 27 2002 by Gordon Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
Wow - what an incredible read! Goes to show that all this luv shuv can certainly rottofy one's life eh? Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2001 by Farah Ahmad
5.0 out of 5 stars Me encantó
Es mágico, es genial... te hace volar por india... Uno puede oler, ver y sentir todo lo que Rushdie nos cuenta en "El último suspiro del moro".
Published on Aug. 27 2001 by "cello_ali"
3.0 out of 5 stars Great prose style carries the book through.
After reading, Midnight's Children and Shame in succession, I was ready for a let down. I got precisely that as in comparision, this book lacks the intricate plot of Shame or funny... Read more
Published on April 25 2001 by Udyan Khanna
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as always
After the Midnight Children, I was a little reluctant to buy another Rushie book, fearing I will be disappointed. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2001 by Emilia Palaveeva
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ
I picked up Rushdie's the Moor's Last Sigh, before I headed to India this last winter. I thought it would be a perfect introduction to Kerala...and the city of Cochin. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2001 by Annabel
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ
I picked up Rushdie's the Moor's Last Sigh, before I headed to India this last winter. I thought it would be a perfect introduction to Kerala...and the city of Cochin. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2001 by Annabel
2.0 out of 5 stars longwinded and dull
A dead pull from start to finish. My feeling is that people tend to overpraise Rushdie's novels as a kind of celebration for having plodded through them. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply fantastic
This book takes the reader on a wild and imaginative--yet all too real--ride through the crimiality and banality of corruption in the upper escelons of Indian life. A real gem. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2000
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