Book Review: The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

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About:
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie is a novel about a powerful tycoon who immigrates to the US.  This is the thirteenth novel from Mr. Rushdie’s arsenal of tales, it is the first one I read but am looking forward to filling the backlog.

  • 400 pages
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399592806

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My rat­ing for The Golden House  — 5
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Thoughts:
The first thing I noticed about The Golden House by Salman Rushdie is its use of pop-culture to tell an all new American story. Luckily we live in an age where it’s easy to check a refrence to get the gist of what the author meant to convey. Frankly I didn’t need to google a reference too often, but occasionally I did.
I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

As a movie lover, I did get many of the references but I took the time to view the Criterion Collection which I recommend anyway.

Mr. Rushdie uses the story of immigrants, the contemptuous election of the 45th President, and our love of pop-culture to write social commentary to today’s society and media. The author doesn’t shy away from allowing the reader to interpret what he really thinks.

This is one of the first books I enjoyed told through a first person, stream of consciousness narrative. The book is very dense, but enjoyable even though it takes time to read and appreciate.

Synopsis:
Nero Golden immigrated to the US under secretive circumstances with his adult children who all assumed Roman names Petronius, or Petya, Lucius Apuleius, or Apu and Dionysius, or D. The family lives in downtown Manhattan and became part of New York City’s social circle.

René, a neighbor and confidant of the Golden family is the narrator of this book. An aspiring filmmaker, René thinks that chronicling the Goldens would be an excellent subject for his first movie.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free
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