Poetry Madness

Recently Viewed clear list

Interviews | March 17, 2014

Shawn Donley: IMG Peter Stark: The Powells.com Interview

Peter StarkIt's hard to believe that 200 years ago, the Pacific Northwest was one of the most remote and isolated regions in the world. In 1810, four years... Continue »
  1. $19.59 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

Qualifying orders ship free.
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Literature- A to Z

The Enchantress of Florence


The Enchantress of Florence Cover

ISBN13: 9780375504334
ISBN10: 0375504338
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $5.95!


What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 5 comments:

lsumner, August 12, 2008 (view all comments by lsumner)
In this novel dreams can be more real than living flesh and sometimes what lives might become only a fantasy. Salman Rushdie is a master of words and a spinner of tales that never fail to entangle. Enjoy being trapped within the pages of this enchanting book.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(7 of 14 readers found this comment helpful)
JLB9698, August 5, 2008 (view all comments by JLB9698)
Every word is a chosen jewel in this wonderful book of history and fantasy. The Mughal Empire versus Florence Renaissance in religion, war, and philosophy... oh... and lots of emphasis on the power of sex throughout history.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(10 of 18 readers found this comment helpful)
sarahess, July 30, 2008 (view all comments by sarahess)
I heard Salman Rushdie speak (6/27) about this book at the New York Public Library before I read it. I found it to be a really great way to get into the book. I thought others might want to do the same. I just saw that you can watch it online for free at:

It's in the "past programs" section.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(8 of 14 readers found this comment helpful)
Casey R., June 24, 2008 (view all comments by Casey R.)
Salman Rushdie is a master of humanism, he sees the "world too clearly" and tirelessly writes to clarify it for the rest of us. "The Enchantress of Florence" deals with Akbar the Great's reign of Mughal India, where he founded the real life "House of Worship" which incorporated tenets from all religions, and recognized that maybe, humans create God for themselves, and not the other way around. Rushdie also takes his readers to Medici Florence to understand Machiavelli's struggle for a solution to the conundrum of power. Packed with instructive history and fantastical magic, this book is amazing, I wanted to immediately start it over after I read the last page. It also includes an amazing bibliography of all the sources Rushdie used, for further reading.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(9 of 16 readers found this comment helpful)
tregatt, June 12, 2008 (view all comments by tregatt)
Years ago (more than I'd like to think about), one of my tutors recommended that I read Salman Rushdie's HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES. I tried to finish the novel but have to confess that I couldn't -- I probably lacked the sophistication back then to appreciate the exquisite prose style and painstaking craftsmanship that went into creating that award winning novel. And truthfully speaking I rather thought ack then that Salman Rushdie was going to be one of the many award winning authours that would never make it onto my reading lists. But something about THE ENCHANTRESS OF FLORENCE beckoned, and I decided to give it a go. And I'm truly glad that I did, because it turned out to be an exceptionally enthralling and compelling read. Constructed somewhat like THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, Salman Rushdie's latest novel is a series of short stories that follows the supposed adventures of Qara Koz, a grandaunt of the Emperor Akbar's, and that of her greatest love, the mercenary general, Argalia. Many of the stories are based on some historical fact, but are told with elements of the fantastical, so that the mood and atmosphere of the novel is really quite fairy-tale like and dazzling. Also adding to this magical tone is Rushdie's powerfully lyrical and vivid prose style and brilliantly rendered scenes. All in all, this was a very, very fascinating and beguiling read that enraptures, dazzles and seduces. Not a book to be missed -- and I think I may be finally grown-up enough to appreciate the authour's other novels.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(8 of 15 readers found this comment helpful)
 1-5 of 5

Product Details

A Novel
Rushdie, Salman
Random House
Kings and rulers
Historical fiction
Women - Mogul Empire
General Fiction
Publication Date:
June 2008
Grade Level:
9.48x6.49x1.11 in. 1.40 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. The Jewel of Medina
    Used Hardcover $2.50
  2. Fury Used Mass Market $4.95
  3. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    Used Trade Paper $7.95
  4. Shalimar the Clown: A Novel
    Used Mass Market $5.95
  5. Sea of Poppies
    Used Book Club Paperback $5.95
  6. Midnight's Children
    Used Trade Paper $6.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

The Enchantress of Florence Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$5.95 In Stock
Product details 368 pages Random House - English 9780375504334 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I'm not much of a Rushdie fan: I've always found him to be far too long-winded for my taste. So it was quite a pleasant surprise for me to find myself enjoying his latest novel so very much. Enchanting, beguiling, and written with exquisite prose, this was definitely the best book I read in 2008. A very seductive read.

"Review A Day" by , "Salman Rushdie is so much identified with seriousness — his choice of subjects, from Kashmir to Andalusia; his position as a literary negotiator of East and West; his decade and more of internal exile in hiding from the edict of a fanatical theocrat — that it can be easy to forget how humorous he is. In much the same way, his extraordinary knowledge of classical literature sometimes causes people to overlook his command of the vernacular." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "Entertainment of the highest literary order."
"Review" by , "For Rushdie, the pen is a magician's wand... If The Enchantress of Florence doesn’t win this year's Man Booker I'll curry my proof copy and eat it."
"Review" by , "This brilliant, fascinating, generous novel swarms with gorgeous young women both historical and imagined, beautiful queens and irresistible enchantresses...[a] sumptuous, impetuous mixture of history with fable. But in the end, of course, it is the hand of the master artist, past all explanation, that gives this book its glamour and power, its humour and shock, its verve, its glory. It is a wonderful tale, full of follies and enchantments."
"Review" by , "[A] prodigious fever dream of a book... A beguiling, incandescent tale of travel, treachery, and transformation set in the Renaissance Florence of Machiavelli and the Medicis and in India's Mughal Empire."
"Review" by , "The Enchantress of Florence reminds us, in case we may have forgotten, that [Rushdie] can tell a story across East and West better than anyone else in the language."
"Review" by , "Readers who succumb to the spell of Rushdie's convoluted, cross-continental fable may find it enchanting....Rapturously poetic in places, very funny in others, yet the novel ultimately challenges both patience and comprehension."
"Review" by , "Rushdie has given us a fable, a fairy tale for adults if you will, wrapped in history. It can be read for the pure enjoyment of the story, and as literature of the highest order. I was totally enchanted by one of the most talented and important contemporary authors."
"Review" by , "In a world in which many readers seem to crave fact after fact after fact...the novelist, the last alchemist, miraculously turns fact into something greater, and as if transforming clay bricks into gold, gives facts life."
  • back to top
Follow us on...

Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.