Publisher: Vintage Canada
Flapping Eagle is a young Axona Indian gifted with immortal life after drinking an elixir from his wayward sister. But after 777 years of sailing the world’s seas, he becomes weary of life, and sets out to find the mystical Calf Island, a place where his fellow immortals have gathered and created their own version of the human race.

But Calf Island is a strange place – like its inhabitants, it is both blessed and cursed. Sensing a terrible darkness at the heart of the island, Flapping Eagle sets out to scale the island’s peak and confront its mysterious and potent creator, Grimus himself.


1) Why does Flapping Eagle drink the elixir that makes him immortal? What are the consequences of living forever?

2) How would you describe the world of Rushdie’s novel? What does it remind you of? What elements make it otherworldly?

3) In the epigraph Rushdie quotes T. S. Eliot: “Go, go, go,...

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Grimus is one of those novels some people will say is too good to be science fiction.... It is literate, it is fun, it is meaningful and perhaps most important, it pushes the boundaries of the form outward.” The Los Angeles Times

“Ambitious, strikingly confident.” The Times Literary Supplement

“A mixture of science fiction and folktale, past and future, primitive and present-day.... Grimus is a parallel form of life, and conjuring of an alternative society.... Thunderous and touching.” Financial Times