Rushdie Is One Of The Greats Of His Generation But Its Rare For A Writer To Produce Their Best Work Towards The End Of Their Career Quichotte Is One Of The Cleverest, Most Enjoyable Metafictional Capers This Side Of Postmodernism This Novel Can Fly, It Can Float, Its Anecdotal, Effervescent, Charming, And A Jolly Good Story To Boot Encore Encore Claire Lowdon Sunday Times A Brilliant, Funny, World Encompassing Wonder His Readers Realize That They Would Happily Follow Rushdie To The End Of The World A Glimmer Of Hope, Like An Impossible Dream, Is Left For Us In Quichotte Nicholas Mancusi Time Magazine A Triumphant Assault On The Coarsened American Sensibility A Packed, Funny, Melancholy, Masterpiece Of A Novel Andrew Billen The Times A Novel That Is As Sharp As A Flick Knife And As Clever As A Barrel Of Monkeys More Than Just Another Postmodern Box Of Tricks, Quichotte Is A Novel That Feeds The Heart While It Fills The Mind Robert Douglas Fairhurst The Times Rushdies Fans Will Find Much To Love In This Hyperactive, Tenchicolour Satire Many Balls Are Juggles Here, But, Somehow, Rushdie Keeps Them All Gloriously In The Air Claire Allfree Daily Mail Quichotte Is Cleverly Plotted And Compellingly Paced, A Constant Reminder That Precious Few Writers Can Manoeuvre A Sentence Like Rushdie, And A Moving Story About Love And The Importance Of Family Too In Other Words, Quichotte Is A Sort Of Manifesto About The Power Of Fiction Alexander Nurnberg Times Literary Supplement A Fast Spinning Postmodern Double Catherine Wheel Impossible Not To Be Dazzled By Exhilarating Holly Williams Independent This Is The Rushdie We Still Need Eviscerator Of The Powers That Be, Who Destroys Rather Than Creates Illusions Here Is A Language Adequate To Our Times Vidyan Ravin Thiran Telegraph Very Much A Don Quixote For Our Times A Wild, Enjoyable Ride Ian Thomson Evening Standard A Modern Don Quixote Rushdie Has Created Something That Feels Wholly Original Even If Youve Never Heard Of The Hopelessly Romantic Spanish Knight Errant Who Sees Danger In Windmills Lucky For Us, There Are True Storytellers And Rushdie Is Near The Top Of That List If You Havent Read Him Before, This Is A Good Book To Start Withits Fabulist And Funny While Revealing An Awful Lot About The World We Live In Today Associated Press SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE In A Tour De Force That Is Both An Homage To An Immortal Work Of Literature And A Modern Masterpiece About The Quest For Love And Family, Booker Prize Winning, Internationally Bestselling Author Salman Rushdie Has Created A Dazzling Don Quixote For The Modern AgeInspired By The Cervantes Classic, Sam DuChamp, Mediocre Writer Of Spy Thrillers, Creates Quichotte, A Courtly, Addled Salesman Obsessed With Television, Who Falls In Impossible Love With The TV Star Salman R Together With His Imaginary Son Sancho, Quichotte Sets Off On A Picaresque Quest Across America To Prove Worthy Of Her Hand, Gallantly Braving The Tragicomic Perils Of An Age Where Anything Can Happen Meanwhile His Creator, In A Midlife Crisis, Has Equally Urgent Challenges Of His OwnJust As Cervantes Wrote Don Quixote To Satirise The Culture Of His Time, Rushdie Takes The Reader On A Wild Ride Through A Country On The Verge Of Moral And Spiritual Collapse, With The Kind Of Storytelling Magic That Is The Hallmark Of His Work The Fully Realised Lives Of DuChamp And Quichotte Intertwine In A Profoundly Human Quest For Love And A Wickedly Entertaining Portrait Of An Age In Which Fact Is So Often Indiscernible From Fiction To begin let me say I have long been an admirer of Salman Rushdie, and consider him the finest writer in the English language today His new novel, an homage to Cervantes Don Quixote, is a dense maze of interwoven stories In it an elderly Indian man called Quichotte living in the US, who spends his days immersed in watching television, falls in love with a beautiful young drug addled Indian television superstar a younger, svelte version of Oprah She becomes his Dulcinea Quichotte, along with his son Sancho will make their way across the country to woo her Interspersed in the Quichotte story there is the story of the author of Quichotte, a third rate writer of spy novels who has decided to try his hand at another genre Insert into the Quichotte story the story of an Indian pharmaceutical millionaire called Dr.Smile who is making big bucks off of opiods If it all sounds like a muddle be assured it is Even worse it is a complete bore I had no interest in any of the characters Multiple times I wanted to abandon this book, yet I soldiered on But even worse it is a great slap at America as a racist cauldron of stupid, evil white people If you are new to Rushdie please avoid this book and begin with the magnificent Midnight s Children. Rushdie does not hold back in his Don Quixote based satirical novel and it was a wild ride Nothing is safe from his commentary racism, opioid addiction, reality TV, technology He lambasts them all.There are two stories here that of the author known as Brother, or his pseudonym Sam DuChamp, while the other is his own creation Tired of mild success as a spy thriller writer, Brother embarks on his greatest literary achievement in writing about Quichotte and his quest for the love of a famous TV personality Along the way Quichotte conjures a teenage son Sancho, they witnesses a fatal shooting, he reconciles with his sister, and they even encounters mastodon transformed residents of a New Jersey town very bizarre But Quichotte had warned Sancho that reality as they had understood the word would now cease to exist Is Quichotte completely delusional in his pursuit of Salma R., the Indian actress turned Oprah esque talk show host Probably But it was Salma s back story that was even intriguing because it led her to opioid addiction Quichotte s own cousin, Dr Smile, is the head of the pharmaceutical behemoth responsible for inventing a powerful fentanyl spray that makes morphine seem like asprin But prescribing pain medication to people like Salma who don t really need it gets him into a lot of trouble Add to the mix a tech billionaire with grand visions of saving the world from itself by sending humanity to alternate dimensions The addition of a little science fiction adds another layer of insanity to Quichotte s already absurd quest.While Quichotte s story has magical realism aspects, Brother s narrative is much grounded, although often the two worlds mirror each other since Brother is using elements from his own life to create Quichotte He also reconciles with his sister, but the consequences of their reunion are much tragic There s a little side plot with his own estranged son, which allows him to have his own quasi spiritual journey.As a whole, the book was a strange mash up of genres and plots It was occasionally goofy, often philosophic, and always smart There were so many little nudge nudge wink winks throughout that I really had to pay attention to subtle connections No doubt Rushdie is incredibly clever, but this book s density and complexity might not appeal to everyone Still, I enjoyed the quests of both Quichotte and Brother.