I want to read Mr Rushdie, but for some reason I stumble and don't finish. The one exception is Haroun and the Sea of Stories, which was suggested by a friend as an easy Rushdie option. I've tried Midnight's Children and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, and while it's possible I could retry them, could anyone here be so good as to suggest something easier to approach? I don't mind difficult books (I did a degree in literature filled with them) but to be honest I cannot put my finger on why I find it hard to get into or finish his books. It's not boredom, it's not difficulty, it's not for lack of caring about the characters, or perhaps it is all of these and more. And yet I want to read his work, because there is enough in his words to beguile me. Beguile, but not fully engage. Please, I beseech thee, give me Rushdie with teeth and jaws that won't let go, with eyes that will mesmerise me to the spot, until I have been digested by the book, rather than having tried to digest it and been left hungry.