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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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    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.

    4 of 13 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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    09-20-11
    09-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Complex plot or several convoluted stories?"
    What did you like best about The Satanic Verses? What did you like least?

    The book starts out quite entertaining. The weird events unfolding stoke the listeners hopes for more of the same to come. Well, in a way that even holds true, but not in the way at least I was hoping for.

    The plot is jumping from place to place, time to time, person to person, realism to fantasy and is overall quite hard to follow. To me it seemed that Mr. Rushdie tried to tell several completely disjointed stories in one book and I have not been able to understand what he wanted to tell his audience.

    I like books that are able to mesmerize me, to draw me into the story and to have me crave for more when I have to stop reading. This one completely failed to do so.


    What could Salman Rushdie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    While I did not enjoy the book, I am not sure that Mr. Rushdie is to blame for that. I guess that this book was aimed at a different audience. Maybe, if I had a muslim or Indian background I would rate this book differently.


    What does Sam Dastor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As for the narrator I'm not sure what to say. He did a nice, solid performance, but you won't find me running to buy another audio book just because he narrated it.


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned above, I am probably not a member of the intended audience group. Keep that in mind and take my review with a grain of salt when you use it to make up your mind about listening to this book.

    3 of 13 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.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Sacramento, CA, United States 09-07-12
    Louis Sacramento, CA, United States 09-07-12
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    "Very Enjoyable"
    What did you love best about The Satanic Verses?

    Its simple truth.


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

    To many to list.


    What does Sam Dastor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He held my attention.


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

    What like of question is this, lol


    Any additional comments?

    It is so very interesting

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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