In The Moor's Last Sigh
Salman Rushdie revisits some of the same ground he covered in his greatest novel, Midnight's Children
. This book is narrated by Moraes Zogoiby, aka Moor, who speaks to us from a gravestone in Spain. Like Moor, Rushdie knows about a life spent in banishment from normal society--Rushdie because of the death sentence that followed The Satanic Verses
, Moor because he ages at twice the rate of normal humans. Yet Moor's story of travail is bigger than Rushdie's; it encompasses a grand struggle between good and evil while Moor himself stands as allegory for Rushdie's home country of India. Filled with wordplay and ripe with humor, it is an epic work, and Rushdie has the tools to pull it off. He earned a 1995 Whitbread Prize
for his efforts.
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"The most complete and gratifying work to emerge from Salman Rushdie's imagination...The Moor's Last Sign is an exotic story, in its setting, in its characters, in its punning extravagance, and in its deeply human core. It is an extraordinary family saga...full of wonderful characters, and the insight born of genuine reflection...A remarkable spell of creativity." --Edmonton Journal
"A rich, wonderfully readable novel." --Toronto Star
"One of the most wonderful works of political art I have encountered, a novel to rival Turgenev's Fathers and Sons
, or Dante's Divine Comedy
...The Moor's Last Sigh
is one of the most admirable novels I've ever read." --Ottawa Citizen