A couple years ago I read The Enchantress of Florence, the only other Salman Rushdie novel I have read. I loved that book. So I decided to read Rushdie’s newest work, after my husband read it and raved about it. So here is my book review Victory City by Salman Rushdie.
In true Rushdie fashion, Victory City transports the ready completely to another realm. In this story it is fourteenth century India where we meet a nine year old girl named Pampa Kampana. The young girl has witnessed her mothers death and during her grieving a goddess takes over her little body. The goddess tells Pampa Kampana that she will be a great Queen and create a wonder of the world from the barren sand. This wonder will become the great city of Bisnaga (Victory City).
Pampa Kampana become immortal and never ages and as 250 years pass she will sow magic seeds as the instrument to Bisnaga’s greatness. She will have several husbands and lovers and bear several children, all of which she will outlive.
As Bisnaga grows and the world grows more intricate, the complex tapestry of Bisnaga, its leaders, triumphs and tragedies will be guided by the hand of the great goddess.
It’s an epic tale, beautifully told in Rushdie’s imaginative prose. Sure to win numerous awards, Victory City is on it’s way to greatness.
*****Five Stars for Victory City by Salman Rushdie
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