Salman Rushdie loses his ear with fatally flat results

Rushdie is an enormously intelligent writer, but it isn’t enough to redeem what turns out to be a slackly told, maddeningly circular tale

27th August, 2017

FICTION: The Golden House, By Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Cape, €16.10

Salman Rushdie’s 12th novel is a bit of a slog. It’s 380 pages long and feels, as you toil through its middle reaches, substantially longer. It also feels strangely empty; like some paradoxical astronomical phenomenon, The Golden House has considerable dimensions, but almost no mass.

It tells the story of an exiled Indian family, the Goldens, who, when their materfamilias...

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