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  • uichotte
  • Salman Rushdie
  • English
  • 22 December 2019
  • 9781787331921

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E culture of his time Rushdie takes the reader on a wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse And with the kind of storytelling magic that is the hallmark of his work the fully realised lives of DuChamp and uichotte intertwine in a profoundly human uest for love and a wickedly entertaining portrait of an age in which fact is so often indiscernible from ficti. Now Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019Much like I Am Sovereign the novel I would have longlisted instead this is a book about writing and the connection between fiction and how we narrate our own lives Facing his past Indian born crime writer Sam DuChamp feels like a failure Estranged from his family he tries to righten his wrongs and starts to craft a re telling of you guessed it Don uixote with which he not only aims to create something meaningful than his previous second rate crime novels but that he also uses to reflect and ponder his own journey towards hopefully betterment as it is happening And isn't our uest to give our lives meaning and to find happiness a uixotic endeavor and sometimes even a fight against windmills So the premise of the book is pretty great but I had some issues with the execution To illustrate them let's dive into the plot of Sam's novel which in Rushdie's novel already confused we're just getting started is just as important as the storyline about Sam In alternating chapters we hear about what happens in Sam's life and how he fictionalizes it in his book Sam's uichotte is an Indian born former pharma salesman who embarks on a uest to win the heart of TV personality Salma R no kidding As he is childless but dreams of having a son he simply wishes one into being Voilà Sancho his new travel companion Together they cross the United States and they as well as Sam get confronted with all kinds of timely phenomena Racism gun violence the opioid epidemic media culture cyber terrorism you name it plus the timeless topic of family relationsThis approach has a very broad scope so the individual topics presented are never explored in depth their treatment is often rather superficial the themes show up like flashlights Together with the fragmented structure filled to the brim with narrative ideas reading the book can sometimes feel like Rushdie is constantly throwing ideas but smart ideas at his readers while keeping them busy putting together the pieces it's not really immersive This is a mash up a collage of a novel that also indulges in presenting us with numerous pastiches of other literary works like Rhinocéros or The Conference of the Birds Rushdie names his literary inspirations in his acknowledgements Bottom line This is not a bad book and I found the take down in the New York Times to be rather vicious and unfair but it does have some flaws So while I applaud this year's Booker panel for longlisting so many timely and political novels uichotte doesn't look like shortlist material to me Update Of course it got shortlisted to my dismay

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In a tour de force that is both an homage to an immortal work of literature and a modern masterpiece about the uest for love and family Booker Prize winning internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie has created a dazzling Don uixote for the modern ageInspired by the Cervantes classic Sam DuChamp mediocre writer of spy thrillers creates uichotte a courtly addled salesman obsessed w. The New NormalThere are very few privileged stories left; all have become fair game for deconstruction and dismissal Religious stories have self destructed through their over ripe pretensions to factualness Political stories have all resolved themselves into the one story of the strong suppressing the weak Business stories have shown themselves to be mere variations on themes of greed and self aggrandisement The professional stories of folk like doctors and lawyers and accountants have decayed into sterile formulae with which to justify any behaviour Love stories have degenerated into tales of obsessive desire As a conseuence “Anything can happen Here can be there then can be now up can be down truth can be lies Everything’s slip sliding around and there’s nothing to hold on to The whole thing has come apart at the seams”This is the new normal “The true story is there’s no true story any“ The “Great Instability” Rushdie’s Elon Musk figure calls it “There’s no true any that anyone can agree on” And that takes some getting used to We have “become so accustomed to wearing its masks that it has grown blind to what lies beneath” Scratch away the thin veneer of language and it becomes impossible to rationalise the irrational The creepy crawlies that lie beneath language are disconcerting until we get used to them As uichotte’s Sancho says watching America fly by his Greyhound window “We are scary as shit”Life is reliable less stressful with stories that are shared and stable stories that we can believe in At least life is better for some of us Not necessarily for most of us But for those who matter that is for the traditional story tellers the authorised raconteurs of our civilisation who have been telling stories of their own superiority since Isaac and his mother briefed against Ishmael and his Fixed stories create peace only to the extent they also create injustice Language is the principal tool 0f injustice It keeps the powerful in power and lets them feel justified in their poweruichotte is about what happens at least temporarily when the stories that have been taken for granted bite the dust of history Racism becomes respectable Intellectuals tout anti intellectual rubbish Thuggishness is the universal virtue of people in power The elite can be identified by their consistently bad taste in literature In general the real is indistinguishable from the unreal The real becomes so unreal that it cannot be understood “Normal is unreal people mostly rich unreal people having sex with rappers and basketball players and thinking of their unreal family as a real world brand like Pepsi or Drano or Ford Zap News channels Normal is guns and the normal America that really wants to be great again “Then there’s another normal if your skin color is the wrong color and another if you’re educated and another if you think education is brainwashing and there’s an America that believes in vaccines for kids and another that says that’s a con trick and everything one normal believes is a lie to another normal and they’re all on TV depending where you look so yeah it’s confusing” Trump and OxyContin and TV game shows and incompetent politicians are not the causes of the loss of privileged stories They are the conseuences of not knowing how to live without them “The Age of Anything Can Happen” provokes people to find something solid that is to say a good story to hang on to Everyone scurries around trying to find and defend theirs as the best the only one that others should adopt In a sort of literary panic “A whole nation might jump off a cliff like swarming lemmings Countries fall apart as well as their citizens”For the moment we’re “living now in a postreality continuum” We see “Perfectly okay people people who were our neighbors and our staff and with whom our kids went to school turning into mastodons overnight” Factual argumentation is a lost art “Once one has turned into a mastodon he is utterly impervious to good sense” In a sense language itself has been surpassed “the surreal and even the absurd now potentially offer the most accurate descriptors of real life”Rushdie has an interesting suggestion about where to look for salvation from obsessively competing stories and their inhumane conseuences He wants us to look to the people who know about living contentedly with contrary stories in their heads as a matter of course the people who know that what they present to the world is a persona a mask which is a techniue for survival not something essential to themselves He wants us to take note of “we the broken people—may be the best mirrors of our times we migrants” Refugees are the futureOf the many literary allusions in uichotte I think the one to John Dos Passos’s Manhattan Transfer is central Manhattan Transfer was a stop on the rail line from Philadelphia to New York City before the tunnel was built connecting New Jersey to Penn Station Passengers disembarked and took the ferry to Manhattan Dos Passos considers many of these passengers for what they actually were internal migrants refugees really from America itself These re vitalised the city with their openness to the stories it had to tell Migrants wherever they are from always have the same uestion “Do we belong here” This uncertainty is what sets them on the path on which new stories can emergeAnd this uestion is shared not just among migrants but also with the old who have seen it all before and recognise the stories for what they are “In old age one becomes detached from the dominant ideas of one’s time The present with its arguments its uarreling ideas is revealed as fleeting and unreal” In addition who knows the difference between stories and the reality they refer to better than an author particularly an ageing author who knows “the Author’s life was a fake just like his book” uichotte like the original 0n which it is modelled is a story about stories all of them necessary none of them true Even very good authors perhaps because they are very good authors tend toward confusion so that like the Don of Cervantes Rushdie’s fictional author “on some days has difficulty remembering which history was his own and which uichotte’s” But the author

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Ith television who falls in impossible love with a TV star Together with his imaginary son Sancho uichotte sets off on a picaresue uest across America to prove worthy of her hand gallantly braving the tragicomic perils of an age where “Anything Can Happen” Meanwhile his creator in a midlife crisis has eually urgent challenges of his ownJust as Cervantes wrote Don uixote to satirise th. Oh my goodness Okay so you fans of Midnight's Children behold Rushdie has gone off the deep end with the sublime the meta the satire and especially the meta Did I mention meta I mean META BABYYes yes this is a modern take and full homage to the Cervantes classic but it's a hell of a lot than just that For one our uichotte is a self made man in all the best ways like uixote but instead of going overboard with Chivalry we see the full age of tv sitcoms reality tv and even SF shows And yet this is only a small fraction of the book itselfSay what Yeah He's practically a minor character in comparison with the author who creates him or the Med Salesman who takes on the role the far off maiden who becomes the uest and I love her own story huge or the sister of the author who must be reconciled And let's not even start getting into Sancho the imaginary son of uichotte who has his own uest to become fully FULLY real a la Pinnochio Jimmy Cricket and the Blue Fairy It's CRAZY yo And it is FAR from being a simple satire After all we have alternate realities the end of the world a moral and ethical decay that is purely American while flavoring all the waters with Hindu culture in grand Rushdie style Is it a mess too Yes But gloriously so As in let's just put ALL the crazy on the table here and tie it together with all too real interpersonal uests and redemptions and seeking love whether fixing estrangement between siblings sons or yourself It's also heart rending not crazy at all and subtle And sweet Right before it gets crazy coolA lot of these kinds of novels often bounce off me Modern Avante Garde meta for meta sake too clever by half But this one has a spark in it that spoke to me Sometimes I was on the verge of saying 3 stars then sometimes 4 then back to 3 and then things come together brilliantly and I'm right there with an enthusiastic 5 So what am I sayingBe patient It's wild but worth it


About the Author: Salman Rushdie

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent His style is often classified as magical realism while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western worldHis fourth novel The Satanic Verses led to protests from Muslims in several coun