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The Satanic Verses | [Salman Rushdie]

The Satanic Verses

Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The book begins with two Indians plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their airliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.
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Publisher's Summary

Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The tale of an Indian film star and a Bombay expatriate, Rushdie’s masterpiece was deservedly honored with the Whitbread Prize.

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.

©1988 Salman Rushdie (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"No book in modern times has matched the uproar sparked by Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, which earned its author a death sentence. Furor aside, it is a marvelously erudite study of good and evil, a feast of language served up by a writer at the height of his powers, and a rollicking comic fable." (Amazon.com review)

"A rollercoaster ride over a vast landscape of the imagination." (The Guardian)

"A masterpiece." (The Sunday Times, London)

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    J. E. JORDAN Berlin, Germany 02-07-14
    J. E. JORDAN Berlin, Germany 02-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Eventually, I Gave Up"

    The reader did an amazing job with accents from all over the globe. Even so, I just found that I couldn't keep track of what was going on and eventually gave up. It's a really long book. After a while, it felt like I was just slogging through, not really paying attention. I have a feeling that if I had seen the names of people from India/Pakistan instead of hearing them, I might have had an easier time keeping track of them. Maybe one day I'll try again and update my evaluation.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Parth Pachar 02-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Masterpiece of Magical Realism!"
    Would you listen to The Satanic Verses again? Why?

    Yes sir! The story is fantastic, the writing is majestic and the narration is flawless. So why I heck wouldn't I?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The beautiful mixture of fancy and reality. It's like the spicy Chinese noodles with a touch of vodka ...Delicious! Leaves you wondering what was real and what was not. Throw in the typical Salman Rushdie sense of humor and you've got a classic in your hands.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Dastor – was your favorite?

    It was my first book on Audible and only after completing the novel did I realize that all voices were done by a solitary person and I was taken aback. Sam Dastor is that good! Indian accent, British accent, American accent, Persian accent, females, children, old people - he does it all incredibly well and smooth.
    If I had to choose one character though it'll be Gibreel Farishta, his accent is pretty humorous.


    If you could take any character from The Satanic Verses out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Zeeny Vakil sounds hot! I wouldn't mind Allie, Pamela, Ayesha or even Gibreel and Saladin - they're all extremely interesting characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Knowledge of India and Islam is crucial or you'll miss out on a lot of jokes and references.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer MIAMI, FL, United States 10-07-13
    Jennifer MIAMI, FL, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding Performance!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Satanic Verses to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the text version but can only imagine imagine that the print version is far more superior.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Satanic Verses?

    The book was very deeply layered and complex and can't say one particular moment stood out.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Dastor – was your favorite?

    Sam Dastor's performance was great for every single character and made the book possible for me to read. For me it was so complex that reading it on my own I would have taken weeks to finish.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sabine St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-28-12
    Sabine St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hopefully there is a movie"

    After hearing Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie & narrated by Sam Dastor, I felt I HAD to listen to this book and see what all the fuss was about. I remember the hubhub about the book when it first came out, but I never gave it a thought to pick it up and read it. Good thing I didn't back then, I would never have finished it. The names, I would have constantly stumbled over them. But maybe the story line would have been easier to understand in print?? The listen was extemely hard to follow. As best as I can tell, it follows the main characters through several of their "other lives" & how they are interwined through eternity?? I am just not sure. But Sam Dastor made the listen interesting. It was fun hearing him spout off all those Indian names like he lived there and then change accents to fit the characters. It was also very interesting to hear how Indians talk to each other. My only experience has been the overly polite version on the other line when you call tech support or at the gas station (sorry...do not mean to offend.)

    I listened through the entire thing, hoping for understanding. But it was confusing. I have to confess I just did not get the book. Nor do I get what all the drama was surrounding the book. It is just a book about ficticious characters. Whatever evil slams there were against Islam probably just went over the heads of most readers (as it did mine). So what was the big deal?

    Because parts of this were quite fascinating, while still confusing the heck out of me, I do hope this is made into a movie. Maybe seeing what is going on will help to understand it. The book is a part of history, whether you agree with it or not. It is important to read & understand, then appreciate all that Mr. Rushdie endured to get it published. Kudos to him for sticking it out! I don't know that I would have had the fortitude.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 10-29-12
    Steven 10-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Just Doesn't Do It"

    I realized I had never experienced a book that was not only positively reviewed but created a world-wide controversy. This book didn't generate any excitement for me. Perhaps it's me.
    I wonder if everyone loved it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 08-28-15
    Peter 08-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a lyrical thicket of narrative"

    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.

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    nate 06-05-15
    nate 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good but bloated"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Barks Madera, CA USA 04-03-15
    M. Barks Madera, CA USA 04-03-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Worth All the Hype"

    Huge, sprawling, and at times confusing, I absolutely adored this book. Mr. Dastor brought it masterfully to life.

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    Songsta 03-31-15
    Songsta 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A beautifully written, and read, book."

    I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. I was swept up with the fantastical story. Will definitely recommend this.

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    MulyCat NY 03-06-15
    MulyCat NY 03-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Scatterbrain"

    I don't see what all the fuss is about.
    Too much jumping around for me. There is no problem but problem!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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