Book Reivews: The Golden House
September 1, 2018
The Golden House
By Salman Rushdie
Random House UK
Reviewer: Sadie-Jane Nunis
Rushdie’s Latest Offering Divides Both Fans and Naysayers
EVER provocative, Sir Salman Rushdie has as many fans of his latest work as he does naysayers. Sir Rushdie’s writing has always been palatable, you either love it and he takes you on a wonderful journey or you get frustrated with him going round in circles, taunting you with each turning page.
He is known to discuss taboo topics and The Golden House is filled with (you guessed it) rants about United States (US) President Donald Trump. As with many who poke the bear on a daily basis around the world, Sir Rushdie takes this opportunity to go at Mr Trump in his thirteenth novel which starts off on former US President Barack Obama’s inauguration date.
We are also introduced to Mr Nero Golden and his sons, two of whom are coincidentally born on the same date albeit a year apart whilst the youngest son unfortunately, cannot remember his mother who had passed on.
Things get interesting when their 70-plus year old father introduces them to his new Russian wife, Vasililsa. The Golden family is closely watched by their neighbour, Mr Rene, who relishes in their story as he sees himself as an artist and filmmaker and cannot help but be intrigued by the Goldens.
Sir Rushdie peppers his observations of the political landscape with his own opinions, bashing left, right, and centre, ‘this is what I think and you, the reader, upon reading this will suck it up and accept it.’ And, Sir Rushdie does not mince his words. It may be a bit too much for some, but if you loved his earlier work, it is likely you will enjoy this as you cannot deny the magic of his writing, regardless of whether you are a naysayer or a fan.
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Issue 3, 2018