3 years

LITERATTEUR

Enchanted Saif

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For someone who has projected himself as a reader, Saif Ali Khan seems to be taking quite a while to get through Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence. In November 2009, asked by Mid-Day what he was reading, he replied, “The Enchantress Of Florence by Salman Rushdie.” This November he told Bombay Times he was reading “Salman Rushdie’s epic saga Enchantress of Florence and Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, one of our oldest and greatest novels.” The hardcover edition of Enchantress is 352 pages long. The industry standard for hardcovers is about 400 words per page. It can be surmised, then, that the length of the book is approximately 140,000 words. There are two possibilities here. Either Saif is reading the book again, or, if it has taken him four years to get through it, he has been reading about a hundred words a day. Either way, he must really like the book.