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THE ENCHANTRESS OF FLORENCE

by | Read by Firdous Bamji

Fiction • 13.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

This latest novel from Sir Salman Rushdie plumbs the erotic and seductive with splendid writing and a thoughtful consideration of man's purpose in the world. Women appear merely as beautiful objects, some real, some imagined, in this postmodern yet timeless piece of exotica. Firdous Bamji's performance deals well with Rushdie's lengthy lists, numerous character names, and extensive titles. His reading lends a distinctly ARABIAN NIGHTS flavor to the piece, placing listeners in the heart of fifteenth-century Florence and the Mughal Empire. Bamji voices intriguing central characters, most notably, the storyteller, Agostino Vespucci; the Mughal emperor Akbar; and the controversial Florentine author, Niccolò Machiavelli. A nonlinear language trip, languorous, amorous, and sensual, Bamji's reading wraps golden tissue around stories woven from flesh and air. S.J.H. 2009 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/NOV 08]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Recorded Books • 2008

CD ISBN 978-1-4361-4870-2 $39.99 • Twelve CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

 

Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2008

CS ISBN 9781402576553 $92.75 • Twelve cassettes

CD ISBN 9781436119375 $123.75 • Twelve CDs

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