Title: The Moor's Last Sigh: A Novel
Publisher: Random House Audio January 1996
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: Fine (F)
Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. ADVANCE READER EDITION. 'The Moor evokes his family's often grotesque but compulsively moving fortunes and the lost world of possibilities embodied by India in this century. His is a tale of premature deaths. Bookseller Inventory # 20080626101493
Synopsis: 4 cassettes / 6 hours
Read by Art Malik
Time Magazine's Best Book of the Year
Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie combines a ferociously witty family saga with a surreally imagined and sometimes blasphemous chronicle of modern India and flavors the mixture with peppery soliloquies on art, ethnicity, religious fanaticism, and the terrifying power of love. Moraes "Moor" Zogoiby, the last surviving scion of a dynasty of Cochinese spice merchants and crime lords, is also a compulsive storyteller and an exile. As he travels a route that takes him from India to Spain, he leaves behind a tale of mad passions and volcanic family hatreds, of titanic matriarchs and their mesmerized offspring, of premature deaths and curses that strike beyond the grave. The grandeur of the achievement is this: with The Moor's Last Sigh, his first novel in seven years, Salman Rushdie gives us a masterpiece of controlled storytelling. Surpassing even the spectacular, imaginative brilliance of Midnight's Children, informed by astonishing scope and ambition, by turns compassionate, wicked, poignant, and funny, The Moor's Last Sigh is galvanizing.
"Mine is the story of the fall from grace of a high-born crossbreed: me, Moraes Zogoiby, called 'Moor' for most of my life, the only male heir to the spice-trade-'n'-big-business millions of the da Gama-Zogoiby dynasty of Cochin, and of my banishment by my mother, Aurora, nee da Gama, most illustrious of our modern artists."
The Moor evokes his family's often grotesque but compulsively moving fortunes and the lost world of possibilities embodied by India in this century. His is a tale of premature deaths and family rifts, of thwarted loves and mad passions, of secrecy and greed, of power and money, and of the even more morally dubious seductions and mysteries of art.
East, West, by Salman Rushdie, is also available from Random House AudioBooks.
Art Malik has extensive acting credits both here and in his native England. He is well known for playing the role of Hari Kumar in The Jewel and the Crown. His film credits include True Lies, No Place to Hide, and A Passage to India.
Review: 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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