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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 2012
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    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.

    3 of 4 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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    10-29-12
    10-29-12 Member Since 2009
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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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    Victor A. Aguilar Pierri Guatemala 03-04-13
    Victor A. Aguilar Pierri Guatemala 03-04-13
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    "Amazing"
    What did you love best about The Satanic Verses?

    The narration is beautiful, it really makes the story come alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's complexity and characters.


    Have you listened to any of Sam Dastor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first.


    If you could rename The Satanic Verses, what would you call it?

    Voyage.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary north truro, MA, United States 08-09-12
    Gary north truro, MA, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2006

    Retired with a passion for nonfiction. To find out how my views compare or diverge with respect to what's known.

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    "A look into otherwise hidden lives"
    Where does The Satanic Verses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is profound in the realization of the sameness of everyday life.


    What other book might you compare The Satanic Verses to and why?

    I can't compare it to other books. It stands alone.


    What about Sam Dastor’s performance did you like?

    All of it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Perhaps not but I essentially did.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice writing style. Complex in concept but very insightful. I recommend it.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Stone Mountain, GA, United States 07-31-12
    Frank Stone Mountain, GA, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great premise, way too long."

    The premise of the plot is promising, but he spends way too much time in the weeds.

    Not being an expert on the Koran, I'm not sure why Iraq sentenced Rusdie to death for the publication of this book. There are a lot of clues along the way, but the way is too long and convoluted. It starts off very promising, but ends with a whimper. If I were not driving Bus in Alaska and have a lot of downtime for listening I never would have listened to the whole thing.

    Save your credit.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Brookline, ma, United States 01-29-13
    Charles Brookline, ma, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2008

    UMM, CAN I HAVE THE AUDIO VERSION, PLZ!!

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    "If this book was at a party, it would too drunk!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Salman Rushie is an extremely creative writer. His output is staggering and sprawling. It is not whether Satanic Verses was or wasn't worth the the time to read, but whether Rushie is a prisoner of the same cage of sexism he purportedly seeks to escape.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Salman Rushdie? Why or why not?

    I suppose I will have to give all his books a chance some day, because of the time and attention he has given to reading over the years.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John P. Stierman Macomb, IL USA 11-16-12
    John P. Stierman Macomb, IL USA 11-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth the investment of time and money"
    Where does The Satanic Verses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this author and I love this performer.


    Have you listened to any of Sam Dastor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Rushdie is very funny and insightful. Like all good works of literature, deserves multiple reading and need to read lit crit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    goatroper 10-09-12
    goatroper 10-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Maybe I'm not Smart enough to get it"

    I can't say I care for this book. Of course, I also think that if someone's life was in peril because of this book, then I completely missed the point. I find it to be too full of psycho-erotic babble. It jumps around in time and place too much.
    However, the narration was easy on the ear.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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