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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 islands 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 islands creator and unwinds the mysteries of his own humanity In this allegorical work Rushdie uses the characters to represent hopes as well as the frustrating realities of Indias newly found freedom Through extended dream sequences Rushdie is able to blur the distinction between reality and imagination What Salmon Rushdie stands for is the right to secularism pluralism freedom of expression tolerance--values that I hope we are all united in supporting In every work of Rushdies there is meaning He does not write frivolously but instead examines different afflictions that plague todays society Grimus had received both positive and negative criticism but was established as a great literary work and a beneficial start to his writing career I greatly enjoyed this novel It is a tale of people who cannot die who all eventually end up on a hidden island controlled by a strange Effect Some may call this book science fiction in that it does take place in another world but most of Rushdies books take place in altered realities Rushdies first published book Grimus tells the story of an American Indian who receives the gift of immortality and begins an odyssey to find the meaning of life Immortality is on everyones minds but we really dont want to talk about it The Afterlife is an area of human consciousness we all enter upon leaving the physical world
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