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.
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"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)
This book is very beautifully written book, and so clever. The reader though, makes it really come alive as well, he's seriously perfectly suited to this book. I've listened to a whole lot of audiobooks, and this is one of the best readings I've ever heard.
The Satanic Verses is a book that I can say would have not been noticed had it been ignored by those who were offended by the material at the time.
Because of my lack of knowledge, I cannot really say that I understand the complete controversy. But, what I can say is that I probably wouldn’t re-read the book again. The story is fiction. But, it’s not that interesting to me to warrant re-reading it.
So far this books utterly boring...I just about fainted when I saw that I have 20 hours to go. Characters have no personality or depth...just self-grandiose bores....on top of that...It seems as if one guy or maybe two is dying or may have died several times and maybe he committed suicide...and a woman and kids died...was it infanticide-suicide? So far it is just terrible. Characters are unsympathetic...except for the kids (which we really do not come to know)
What genre is this?
The fake accent is offensive
The narration is beautiful, it really makes the story come alive.
It's complexity and characters.
This is my first.
I highly recommend it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UMM, CAN I HAVE THE AUDIO VERSION, PLZ!!
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.
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.
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