Finished reading on January 23, 2013
East, West is a collection of nine stories which enabled me to understand why I seem to always go for the books with the most pages, and mostly novels in case of fiction. The trouble with short stories is (in my opinion) that they get you in the mood to read and find out more about some characters and before you get time to yawn or blink your eyes – poof! – the story is already over. So that’s one of the reasons why I gave it only 6 points.
Some of the stories have some bits and pieces from other well-known ones, but Rushdie seems to have been looking at them through a really badly made lens which has distorted everything and mixed together ideas that no-one else would consider even slightly relevant to the original story…
Indeed quite imaginative and extraordinary in many ways and for me at least a bit confusing, otherwise okay. As such I think I might read one of Rushdie’s novels in the future, seeing as they’re somewhat longer… actually I’m quite looking forward to it. 🙂