Not Everyone’s Enchanted

The first reviews of Salman Rushdie’s new book, Enchantress of Florence were fairly ecstatic. Dierdre Donahue, in today’s USA Today, however, is not enchanted. She calls it “tiresome and confusing.”

Nonetheless, it hits the newspaper’s bestseller list this week at #126 (it’s at #56 on Amazon).

The New York Times‘s Michiko Kakutani weighed in, also negatively, on Tuesday, calling it a ” a weary, predictable parody of something by John Barth.”

This seems to prove what Steve Almond says in the Boston Globe, “Whether or not you enjoy this new novel… will very much depend on your tolerance for the author’s distinct brand of narrative exuberance.”

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