With the exception of The Jaguar Smile
, a slim monograph from the ‘80s about a trip to war-torn Nicaragua, Salman Rushdie’s literary gifts have never quite appealed to me. I am pleased to report his newest opus is a grand story with the bonus of including Rushdie’s astute observations on life and love and everything in between. The story is told by Mogor dell’Amore, who arrives at the court of Emperor Akbar of the great Mughal empire. The European, whose own story is absorbing, recounts for Akbar the tale of a woman of great beauty and enchanting power who travels from the unnamed Mughal capital to his home city of Florence. This is a book of narrative delights that will transport you to a vivid and entertaining world of joyful wonders. It did me.