Today, I'm borrowing an idea from a gal named Katie, who blogs over at Time to Read. It's an author meme (don't we all love blog memes?) and the gist is to pick an author and review his/her work on your blog, oh, once a month or at least semi-frequently.
This month's author, here at Legs, is Salmon Rushdie.
Salmon Rushdie is the author of numerous books, but is most well known for Midnight's Children, which he wrote in1981, and which won him the Booker Prize the same year and The Satanic Verses (1988), which sparked major controvesy in the Muslim world. Rushdie's novels can be described as magical realism and historical fiction, and are often critiqued from a post-colonial literary perspective. The novels are almost all set on the Indian subcontinent.
Where he has not caused outrage, Rushdie has been widely praised for his work. Queen Elizabeth II appointed Rushdie Knight Bachelor for his "services to literature" in 2007 and he is writer in residence at Emory University, among many other honors.
I love Rushdie's novels, primarily because they cut to the quick of social and international politics in a truly lyrical way. His writing style is often described as "magical realism" because he can move fluidly between the sensory, corporeal world and a transcendant one, where one's mental and spiritual capacities are both heightened and challenged. His characters are so intricately fleshed out that you feel you've said goodbye to a host of truly incredible people when you turn the last page.