Magazine October 30, 2017, Issue

Sterile Cleverness

Author Salman Rushdie arrives for the PEN New England’s Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award ceremony, September 19, 2016. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
The Golden House, by Salman Rushdie (Random House, 400 pp., $28.99)

When a novel buttresses itself with not one but three A-list epigraphs (Pliny, D. H. Lawrence, Truffaut); when it opens, with references to the mortgage bubble, ISIS, and assassination fears, on the day of Obama’s inauguration; and when it bears the mythically grandiose title, “The Golden House” it has set itself a herculean feat not to be at best a letdown and at worst an embarrassment. When it borrows its template from The Great Gatsby and then, as a sop to discussion groups, mentions Jay Gatz by page twelve, it has charted a course toward the sun on wings of

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