A storm changes everything, leaving behind a bit of
strangeness. Ordinary folks suddenly find themselves
endowed with unusual talents or skills. Little do they
realize their heritage has led to this moment as each one
affected by the strangeness is a descendent of the jinn.
Their fates are going to play out in a battle of good
Like the fabled tale, A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS, TWO
YEARS EIGHT MONTHS AND TWENTY-EIGHT DAYS showcases tales
within tales. The underlying philosophical questions
fascinated me almost as much as the fairytale-like
stories of the various descendants of Dunia, the
Lightning Princess. Each tale is unique in its own way
but I must admit a special fondness for the levitating
Any book by Salman Rushdie is not necessarily an easy
book to read, but is always well worth the time spent
absorbing his work. TWO YEARS EIGHT MONTHS AND TWENTY-
EIGHT DAYS is no exception. Salman Rushdie sweeps us
across time and space as he draws us further into his
magical world. Some of his sentences are so beautifully
written that I just wanted to savor them, sometimes
rereading them simply to appreciate the beauty of the
I love the history of the jinn that Salman Rushdie gives
us in TWO YEARS EIGHT MONTHS AND TWENTY-EIGHT DAYS!
Salman Rushdie's exquisite use of language evokes the
mystical world of the jinn in stunning fashion. If you
haven't read a Salman Rushdie book, TWO YEARS EIGHT
MONTHS AND TWENTY-EIGHT DAYS is an excellent place to
From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our
comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history,
mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush, richly
novel in which our world has been plunged into an age of
unreason, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
a breathtaking achievement and an enduring testament to
power of storytelling.
In the near future, after a storm strikes New York City,
strangenesses begin. A down-to-earth gardener finds that
feet no longer touch the ground. A graphic novelist
in his bedroom to a mysterious entity that resembles his
sub–Stan Lee creation. Abandoned at the mayor’s office, a
baby identifies corruption with her mere presence,
the guilty with blemishes and boils. A seductive gold
is soon tapped to combat forces beyond imagining.
Unbeknownst to them, they are all descended from the
whimsical, capricious, wanton creatures known as the
who live in a world separated from ours by a veil.
ago, Dunia, a princess of the jinn, fell in love with a
mortal man of reason. Together they produced an
number of children, unaware of their fantastical powers,
spread across generations in the human world.
Once the line between worlds is breached on a grand
Dunia’s children and others will play a role in an epic
between light and dark spanning a thousand and one nights
two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights. It is a
time of enormous upheaval, in which beliefs are
words act like poison, silence is a disease, and a noise
contain a hidden curse.
Inspired by the traditional “wonder tales” of the East,
Salman Rushdie’s novel is a masterpiece about the age-old
conflicts that remain in today’s world. Two Years Eight
Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is satirical and bawdy,
of cunning and folly, rivalries and betrayals, kismet and
karma, rapture and redemption.