The Satanic Verses

The Satanic Verses One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie s best known and most galvanizing book Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles

One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie s best known and most galvanizing book Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang the terrorist bombing of a London bound jet in midflight Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living syOne of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie s best known and most galvanizing book Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang the terrorist bombing of a London bound jet in midflight Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil This is just the initial act in a magnificent odyssey that seamlessly merges the actual with the imagined A book whose importance is eclipsed only by its quality, The Satanic Verses is a key work of our times randomhousebooks

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  1. Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several countries, some of which were violent Faced with death threats and a fatwa religious edict issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Supreme Leader of Iran, which called for him to be killed, he spent nearly a decade largely underground, appearing in public only sporadically In June 2007, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to literature , which thrilled and humbled him In 2007, he began a five year term as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University.

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  1. I never got past page 60 in this book I read and forgot and reread and forgot again up unto about the fifth reading when I thought to myself that I might rate Midnight s Children as one of the greatest books I ve read, enjoyed the depiction of Benazir Bhutto as the Virgin Ironpants in Shame a great deal, but I also couldn t read Shalimar the Clown and thought that Grimus was excreble not even Rushie rated this first offering of his oeuvre So what was I doing trying so hard with the Satanic Verse [...]

  2. Satanic Verses A CompositionHe had just finished his thirty fourth reading of the play The unsaid hate, the unseen events, the half imagined wrongs they tormented him What could cause such evil to manifest, he just could not figure He loved him too much to believe the simple explanation.And then the idea starts growing on him to explore the growth of evil just as Shakespeare showed, explored the tragic culmination of it And because you show the growth, it can no longer be a tragedy, no, no it ha [...]

  3. Occasionally, I will go into Half Price Books and buy a book that hasn t been recommended by any one I know, by an author I ve never read before, solely because of its critical acclaim I buy and read a book because I feel that I should, based on the general public s reaction to it It is a weakness Many months ago, I decided to buy Salman Rushdie s The Satanic Verses My decision was based on the controversy surrounding the book It was thought to be so controversial, so blasphemous, that Ayatollah [...]

  4. From the archives September 27 1988The Satanic Verses, the controversial first draft of the Quran recently discovered after spending 1379 years in a safe deposit box, finally appeared yesterday to a mixed reception Wheeeeee I m so excited said one fan who had spent all night lining up outside her local Barnes Noble A new book by Allah Can you believe it Other readers are however less enthusiastic about the novel, and take exception to its portrayal of the much loved character Mohammad as a leche [...]

  5. Here s the thing about this book that you will immediately grasp from what everyone says it s a beast I do not mean this in a bad sense I mean this in the sense that it s overwhelming It s long, complex storylines that involve overlapping characters and storylines that don t overlap in time or space at all , dense and occasionally slow It is not for the reader with ADD No matter how quickly you think you might read, reading this book will slow you down No matter how determined you are to catch e [...]

  6. Unfortunately, most people know this book from the scandal and fatwa it generated around the personage of its prolific and outspoken author Salman Rushdie rather than the book itself The thing that enraged some Muslims and the Ayatollah of Iran most of all was Rushdie s hypothesis that Mohammed, being completely illiterate and having the Qu ran being narrated to him by Archangel Gabriel could have dozed off at one point and that Satan could have impersonated Gabriel without Mohammed noticing cau [...]

  7. What kind of idea are you This question, scattered throughout the pages of this novel, is the intermediary between the author and his work A waterloo of sorts, a windbreaker giving rise to the question of the material s purpose It gives us some sort of glimpse as to why he chose to name it Satanic Verses , insight to all its diabolical implications, and some sort of motive as to why it is disrespectful to Islam and the Prophet So what kind of an idea is this In turn, what kind of idea are we It [...]

  8. People jumping into this book blindly may soon find themselves wishing they had informed themselves somewhat beforehand I must claim an embarrassing ignorance about just about every aspect of this daunting work at the outset I had only the faintest whisper of a memory of having heard the phrase satanic verses outside of a discussion of the ever present religiously sanctioned hit out on the author s life I had very little knowledge of Indian culture and none regarding the cross cultural experienc [...]

  9. 2.5 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Kyriako Sorokkou , , .

  10. Midnight s Children is a truly fantastic book This one is shrouded in controversy and carries with it quite an interesting history For those that don t know, the author had to go into hiding for ten years due to public death threats and fear of reprisals from some rather angry people he ticked off with his words Time to see what all the fuss was about I do hope I enjoy it as much as Midnight s Children.

  11. Salman Rushdie uses excessive language to cloud discordant plots, has a part time occupation of scouring the news to write op eds about evil Muslim organizations he reads about, and is obsessed with celebrity.Rushdie strangles his plot in The Satanic Verses by hitching every development to a forced and unnecessarily long description or metaphor His overwriting prevents the development of narrative flow He even returns to metaphors about the same topic sometimes, like when he writes about stuff [...]

  12. This book is not for the faint of heart It is overwhelming in terms of plot, imagery, and its large cast of characters However, it is completely worth it and it flows beautifully once you get in tune with the book I bought the Satanic Verses when I was 17 and I was not ready for it I read 15 pages and then put it away I picked it up again 7 years later and could not put it down There is just much packed into this book One would have to read it many many times to get the full meaning of it, but a [...]

  13. I m giving this four stars because I acknowledge the importance of what this book has to say The importance does not outweigh the fact that Rushdie does the oh look how badly they treat women they must be bad dance while amassing almost a dozen girlfriends in the refrigerator and a couple personas whose bad ass character definition is completely subsumed by their male lover s plot lines, but stands alongside it, equally worthy of mention It s a balancing of my importance as a self with my import [...]

  14. I have decided that it s time for me to leave this book I have tried to stick with it It jumps around way to much, has too many moments of abstract non sensical story inserts and I often feel as though I have ADD when I pick it up I always have to read the last few pages I read the time before in hopes of refreshing myself for the current reading session Unfortunately because the book is so abstract, new characters constantly appear as if they have been there all along, causing immediate disorie [...]

  15. Life is too short to endure bad fiction.The story started out interesting enough, with the characters literally falling out of the sky It took me a awhile to get into the story, but I finally did The problem was that every time you managed to get a hold of the basic underlying narrative it would evaporate and be replaced by a nonsensical dream sequence The transitions between the two realities was so seamless that you frequently find yourself lost Add all of that to the fact that you are trying [...]

  16. Holy hell Swoony Tunes over here Even people who wanted to assassinate Rushdie for being kind of an asshole had to acknowledge that he is so absurdly good at fiction craft, it leaves you flabbergasted at the end of each sentence Problem is, I can t really quote it for you, because it s one of those books that is incredible when taken in its nesting doll ness, in how the most moving and or mostly and funny quotes sort of echo and expand upon and curl inside and crawl on top of previous quotes eve [...]

  17. I can t really review Rushdie s work I don t understand everything he writes about But I do love him because his language and his prose and his stories are just so Indian.He writes lushly, extravagantly, with story tripping over story, subplot over sub sub plot Characters tromp through with no regard for their antecedents The colors are candy pink, good luck red, and Aegean blue, and everything is crashing and tumbling into each other.And on top, his stories are amusing, mischievous, clever, ful [...]

  18. When the Danish Cartoon crisis erupted, I immediately went out and bought a copy of this book though I m afraid I didn t then go and read it in public places, as I should have done It is indeed extravantly disrespectful towards the Prophet, as everyone knows What s somewhat less well known is that it s also very disrespectful towards a figure who sure looks a lot like the late Ayatollah Khomeini I wonder whether this wasn t the real reason for the fatwa No doubt it has already been discussed at [...]

  19. I m doing my best not to think Here goes Rushdie again I never read this one before although I read every other book he ever wrote And now, to fill the gap, I am stuck with the last unread jewel, except that it s somehow lackluster because Salman doesn t age or accumulate well I mean, the you read him the he sounds the same And has this ever happened to you that you discover in a writer just a wisp of too much wit and it s wit that bores you Yes, I m reading on, with strange compulsive patienc [...]

  20. Recent Reads Orientalism, The Satanic Verses, and The Geek Feminist From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable I ve been meaning to read this novel for years, ever since I first read his other magnificent novel Midnight s Children , and the wait was worth it, it is not disappointing in any sense of the word.My one problem is that I expected this to be an novel set in ancient times, as I thought it had a bigger focus on ancient deities and Islam in general, instead I was greeted [...]

  21. This is the third Rushdie book that I have read and he has a way of making me feel not smart enough to really get his books so I have a hard time rating them This one has been on and off my reading radar for at least 25 years I remember all the controversy surrounding it when it came out and the fatwa that was placed on the author I found I was interested in the circumstances and the author than I was the actual book so I never read it.Picking it up now I expected it to be somewhat dated it s n [...]

  22. I was massively underwhelmed by this I have put off and put off reading it, and then I was told by a friend that it was her favourite book, so I thought I d give it a go, and frankly I wish I hadnt bothered.I found the writing pretentious, with very little story It has the potential to be brilliant, as the bones of it is good, but there is so much waffle, rubbish and unnessessary wording that it fast becomes tedious and irritatnig.That said its made him very rich, so good on him

  23. I have been trying to read this book day by day by day and just cannot get into it I tried when it was published, put it aside for another day Tried again many years later This will have to be my pen ultimate effort, I hope.The writing is well done Eloquent Impressive But apart from that there s nothing else gripping me to a point where I want to leave everything else and bed down with this book The subject simply does not mesmerize me enough Will try again later.

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