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New Meetup: June Meetup - The Enchantress of Florence

From: user 1.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 7:24 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Peninsula Book Club!

What: June Meetup - The Enchantress of Florence

When: Tuesday, June 29,[masked]:00 PM

Redwood Shores Library
399 Marine Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065

The Enchantress of Florence is a novel by Salman Rushdie published in 2008. According to Rushdie this is his "most researched book" which required "Years and years of reading".

The central theme of The Enchantress of Florence is the visit of a European to the Mughal emperor Akbar's court and his claim that he is a long lost relative of Akbar, born of an exiled Indian princess and an Italian from Florence. The story moves between continents, the court of Akbar to Renaissance Florence mixing history, fantasy and fable.

The book relates a succession of interweaving stories by a variety of storytellers, travellers and adventurers and of course touches on the histories and cultures of the various settings including the Mughal and Ottoman Empires, the earlier Mongols, and Renaissance Florence. There is a strong theme of sex and eroticism, much of it surrounding the Enchantress of the book's title, who was inspired by the Renaissance poem Orlando Furioso. There is also a recurring discussion of humanism and debate as opposed to authoritarianism, and Machiavelli is a character in the book.

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