I fell in love with Rushdie's work when I was a 17-year-old freshman at college. My most difficult class was a junior level course called Modern Studies which required me to read 13 novels in 12 weeks. The first on the long list was Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories. I fell instantly and completely in love. That novel remains on my high atop my list of favorite (and most recommended) books of all-time, and I even fought to include it when I became a teacher myself, many years later.
I devoured Rushdie's bibliography over a number of years. As a teacher, I also researched his personal story and biographical materials. I was fascinated by him as a man, and continued to read his essays and writings as he continued to write.
This novel finally lifted the veil and gave the the story of Rushdie's fatwa from his own mouth. And it is just as interesting as I thought it would be. History buffs and lovers of literature will find the story compelling. Those interested in reading about the struggles of artists under the oppression of religious regimes for free speech would be equally engaged. However, it is worth mentioning that I do believe my background in Rushdie's work helped to ground me as I listen to this title. I am not sure how the experience would differ if I had not had that prior knowledge.
All together, this book is one I continue to recommend to friends who read non-fiction titles.
And, while you are at it, go select Haroun and the Sea of Stories and Midnight's Children as well. Rushdie does not disappoint.
I am really not sure. The book seemed to have two different stories, though they did intertwine sloppily at the end, and neither of them was very compelling. The first half of the novel was summarized in the titles information, and the second half seemed fairly implausible.Still, the characters were interesting and kept me listening. And I did wonder how the two stories would come together at the end. I am guilty of comparing Grisham to himself, and he is just not up to par here. Which he himself admits in the postscript when he says that he did little to no research of this story (maybe why it seems so implausible as a story.)
Probably. I am a sucker for a "beach read" when I need escapist literature, and I still think that Grisham has talent in that arena. I am hoping he finds some fire and inspiration to drive him to write yet another thrilling story.
Yes, I did think the narrator did a good job. Nothing spectacular, but compelling enough to keep me listening when I was nodding off in some sections.
Frustration? Anticipation with little payout? Ennui? Yeah, one of those.
One of the most surprising listens I have had. I have long been a fan of Rob Lowe's work, and knew a little of his biography, but this book had me surprised even when listening to stories I thought I already knew. Having Lowe read the audiobook is fabulous, not simply because his voice is so compelling, but because it really does feel as if he is telling the listener, his friend, stories from his life and work.
The content? I know it sounds silly, but Lowe has many poignant stories that concern other famous persons and historical figures; stories that did not might have made the news on the surface level, but Lowe uncovers a human back story that is compelling.
The book has both highs and lows. I did giggle a few times- especially at tales of meeting Martin Sheen for the first time and filming The Outsiders- and many moments compelled a more serious emotional reaction.
A quick listen that had me eating more when it was over. Well-read and compelling. The title can easily be listened to in sections if needed.
Yes, I would. But I would be careful to tell them that it is not for those who like conventional storylines, and that people sometimes are upset by the ending.
Oh, I can think of two. The beginning of Part Two, where the point-of-view switch jars the listener and forces her to question assumptions made previously. And the hotly debated ending of the novel.
The duel narrator model worked well for this title, but I thought that both narrators were lacking in passion in some portions of the story.
Hilariously woven stories
Oh, the story about Sedaris' day of work being retold at the dinner party in Paris. I won't spoil it for others, but the essay had my husband and I discussing what constituted a "hand" for a few days.
His tone and inflection, along with his comedic timing. When listening, I felt as if I were sitting with Sedaris myself.
I actually woke my husband the first night I listened while trying to muffle my laughter. He instantly put the title on his "to read" list.
A wonderful re-listen- the second time is as funny as the first! And a good choice if you want an appetizer of Sedaris before setting down to devour one of his more lengthy books.
Sedaris is wonderful as usual, and he brings his stories to life as he reads. A good choice when you need something to pick you up from a funk. If you have not read Sedaris before, know that his humor can sometimes come from serious places, so not for those looking for simply light fare.
This title is not my favorite by him, but it had me laughing and smiling along as I listened. I might have looked like an idiot, giggling to myself as I ordered coffee in the mornings.
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