The Golden House

The Golden House

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2017 | Unabridged
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"When powerful real-estate tycoon Nero Golden immigrates to the States under mysterious circumstances, he and his three adult children assume new identities, reinventing themselves as emperors living in a lavish house in downtown Manhattan. Arriving shortly after the inauguration of Barack Obama, he and his sons, each extraordinary in his own right, quickly establish themselves at the apex of New York society, even as Nero Golden continues to raise huge buildings carrying his name in gold letters. The story of the powerful Golden family is told from the point of view of their Manhattanite neighbour and confidant, René, an aspiring filmmaker who finds in the Goldens the perfect subject. René chronicles the undoing of the house of Golden: the high life of money, of art and fashion, a sibling quarrel, an unexpected metamorphosis, the arrival of a beautiful former model, betrayal and murder, and far away, in their abandoned homeland, some decent intelligence work that could ruin Nero Golden forever. Invoking literature, pop culture and the cinema, Rushdie spins the story of the American zeitgeist over the last eight years, hitting every beat: the rise of the birther movement, the Tea Party, and identity politics; Gamergate; the backlash against political correctness; the ascendancy of Superman and Batwoman and the superhero movie; and, of course, the insurgence of a ruthlessly ambitious, narcissistic villain with painted skin and coloured hair."-- Amazon.ca.
Publisher: New York, New York : Random House Audio, [2017]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2017
ISBN: 9780525524700
Branch Call Number: RUS
Characteristics: 12 audio discs (approximately 14 hours, 30 minutes) : CD audio, digital ; 12 cm
digital,optical
audio file,CD audio
Additional Contributors: Adam, Vikas

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Feb 08, 2018

I'm not entirely sure I liked this book, my first by Salman Rushdie, but it was compelling with some brilliant passages. The narrator was wonderful, tongue tripping over the longest Indian names. The audiobook was perfect for me because I couldn't skip and had to take in every word and turn of phrase.

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