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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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    Nels Mahwah, NJ, United States 10-08-12
    Nels Mahwah, NJ, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Long and boring poor reader"
    Would you try another book from Salman Rushdie and/or Sam Dastor?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Salman Rushdie again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Didn't like accent


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Satanic Verses?

    Much to much fluff in story line


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John J. Posephney 01-30-13

    keep it real

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    "Waste of time"
    What would have made The Satanic Verses better?

    A plot.


    Has The Satanic Verses turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What three words best describe Sam Dastor’s performance?

    Well performed seeing the material


    What character would you cut from The Satanic Verses?

    I don't know where to start as ith story is a wandering plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't was you money or credits buy this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Siegfried Glaser 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 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sunil Dubai, United Arab Emirates 04-12-13
    Sunil Dubai, United Arab Emirates 04-12-13
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    "A story without a soul"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If not for the Fatwas, this book and Salman Rushdie would have never been heard of.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Salman Rushdie again?

    No never again


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    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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