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
"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)
I've been hearing about this book for many years, and I've been intending to read it for over a decade now. I loved the author's Midnight's Children, and I had very high hopes for his most famous of books, but it just couldn't live up to all that hype. I suspect that nothing could have.
He did a great job with many of the voices. My only complaint was his rendition of Americans. His American accent is one of the strangest things I've heard in all my years of audiobooking.
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.
I haven't read the text version but can only imagine imagine that the print version is far more superior.
The book was very deeply layered and complex and can't say one particular moment stood out.
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.
The narration is beautiful, it really makes the story come alive.
It's complexity and characters.
This is my first.
I highly recommend 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.
If not for the Fatwas, this book and Salman Rushdie would have never been heard of.
No never again
The story has no soul. There are no interesting characters that will keep you pinned to the book. The attention grabbed by this book is only because of some instances of religion bashing. In summary this book is extremely boring and has no literary brilliance it boasts.
keep it real
Well performed seeing the material
I don't know where to start as ith story is a wandering plot.
Don't was you money or credits buy this book.
I love this author and I love this performer.
Rushdie is very funny and insightful. Like all good works of literature, deserves multiple reading and need to read lit crit.
Didn't like accent
Much to much fluff in story line
Bought it so I could be educated because of the controversy surrounding it. All you need to know is he somehow insulted Islam and he tries to be funny.
Retired with a passion for nonfiction. To find out how my views compare or diverge with respect to what's known.
It is profound in the realization of the sameness of everyday life.
I can't compare it to other books. It stands alone.
All of it.
Perhaps not but I essentially did.
Nice writing style. Complex in concept but very insightful. I recommend it.
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