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


Flapping Eagle is a young Axona Indian gifted with immortal life after drinking an elixir from his wayward sister.

But after 777 years of sailing the world's seas, he becomes weary of life, and sets out to find the mystical Calf Island, a place where his fellow immortals have gathered and created their own version of the human race. But Calf Island is a strange place - like its inhabitants, it is both blessed and cursed.

Sensing a terrible darkness at the heart of the island, Flapping Eagle sets out to scale the island's peak and confront its mysterious and potent creator, Grimus himself.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • 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.

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