Book Review – The Golden House

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie (Penguin) ISBN: 9781787330160

I found The Golden House a bit of a slow read, because the language used by Salman Rushdie makes this book a lot of hard work.

Nero Golden escapes to America with his three sons from their birth country as Barack Obama comes to power. In New York the family completely reinvents itself. Choosing Greek names, they take on new identities and are soon ensconced in one of the more affluent parts of the city.

From here, Nero rules, building an empire while throwing opulent parties and living life large with his boys, Petronius, Lucius Apuleius and Dionysus. All three sons are wildly successful, but each has their Achilles heel, and when Nero takes a new wife, the family empire starts to unravel. Each son faces personal challenges that need to be overcome, and Nero is plagued by threats linked back to his former life.

Ultimately the family seem unable to shake off the troubles that plagued them back in Bombay.

Told from the viewpoint of a young filmmaker, Rene, who is the Golden’s neighbour, The Golden House is an interesting look at the rise and fall of a wealthy family from questionable beginnings.

Merissa Himraj