Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie

Joseph AntonJoseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Originally published July 15th, 2014
I don’t know how you make a book about living under death threats for over a decade boring, but there it is. “Midnight’s Children” was enjoyable. This book dragged on forever. It was disconcerting reading in the third person all the time, knowing it was Rushdie writing the book. And (spoiler alert) near the end of the book he cheats on his third wife for the second time and tries to absolve himself of any responsibility for his actions by referring to it as some sort of “Illusion” he was under (and yes he capitalizes illusion). I lost a lot of my sympathy for him. I agreed completely with his stance on freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and that people should be free to question and criticize authorities of all kinds, but I stopped empathizing with his main character at that point.

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