I've been wanting to read this novel for a long time. It's complex and reader be warned, do not read if you are not educated in Islam or if you do not like post modern works! I loved it but it's a very difficult book to read. It helps if you have studied Islam or the Middle East (just a suggestion). Rushdie is an incredible writer and truly unique.
I am not familiar enough with the Muslim religion to understand what all the controversy about this book was about but I thought I'd give it a try to see why it would bring a Fatwa (death threat) to the author. Having waded through the book, I still don't know.
The whole thing is like a very long, very confusing dream which is both hard to follow and hard to understand and I often lost interest.
The one thing about the book that is outstanding is Rushdie's use of the English language, although it may be a bit too scholastic.
The narration is also excellent considering the difficulty of the text. The only flaw is that, although his other accents are really good, Sam Dastor's American accent is a bit laughable...
Rich and complex, a dazzling and sometimes dizzying network of stories.
Incredible performance as well. Voice and voices being such a crucial instrument of the characterizations and plotlines, the reader breathes additional life into the prose.
Remember to read this book in defiance of those who would have murdered its author and who would deprive you of the right to read and think what you will.
most of the book was very beautifully written and very profound. However, it was much longer than it needed to be. There were times I wish it had focused more on the main characters than on so many other side stories. I feel like the book needed a lot of editing. Also, Sam Dastor's narration could be a little silly at times which ruined several emotional scenes. Good book overall but realize you're in for a long ride.
This book is very beautifully written book, and so clever. The reader though, makes it really come alive as well, he's seriously perfectly suited to this book. I've listened to a whole lot of audiobooks, and this is one of the best readings I've ever heard.
The Satanic Verses is a book that I can say would have not been noticed had it been ignored by those who were offended by the material at the time.
Because of my lack of knowledge, I cannot really say that I understand the complete controversy. But, what I can say is that I probably wouldn’t re-read the book again. The story is fiction. But, it’s not that interesting to me to warrant re-reading it.