Grimus, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Flapping Eagle is a young Indian given the gift of immortality after drinking a magic fluid.

Tiring of the burden of immortal life he sets off to find the mystical Calf Island, where he can rejoin the human race.

His journey is peopled with strange assortments of characters, including the clumsy, loquacious Virgil Jones; his ugly, tragic companion, Dolores O'Toole; the wicked conjurer, Nicholas Deggle; the dainty, light-spirited Elfrida Gribb; and the enigmatic, pervasive Grimus, creator and controller of the mysterious island.

An enticing combination of science fantasy, storytelling and folklore makes this first novel by Salman Rushdie an epic adventure truly unlike any other.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780099592716

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This was Salman Rushdie's first novel and it shows in that it's far less polished than his later works. The plot is a bit confusing at times and the characters are impossible to empathize with, but there's nevertheless an interesting story presented here.If you're looking for a better example of Rushdie's writing, go for Midnight's children. If you're just a crazy Rushdie fanatic (like me!), then go ahead and read Grimus anyway.

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I'm always fascinated with first novels: how the author tries so hard to make an impression; the youthful indiscretions; the eccentricities; the fabulous plots. Rushdie's first has all of these and more. It has a story that cannot be summarised easily without recourse to trite and inaccurate cliches, and it is one of the most inventive pieces I've ever seen. I can't wait to read more.