One word: spellbinding. Rushdie is a master story teller and makes sure that his most recent work does not disappoint. I highly recommend for anyone who craves a story that is reminiscent of Arabian Nights. Brilliant and colorful, filled with characters that draw you unerringly into the tale itself until you are almost panting to know exactly what happens to the title character. It is no wonder that this tale is currently on the bestseller list.