The Satanic Verses Paperback – Jan 4 1992
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Not to scare off the borderline reader, but to read this book is a commitment. The use of hindi language and other alien references is a bit intimidating, but why read something if you aren't going to learn anything new? It is thought provoking at every turn and requires the reader to pay attention to the multiple plots and to keep the characters who share the same name differentiated. This book is an absolute must for anyone who is curious about Islam, Muslim life, even the effects of colonialism. Be aware, this isn't a work you can stick on the nightstand and forget about for weeks.
Even if the book isn't your cup of tea, you have to at least give credit to Rushdie for having the conviction to write such a tale. Kudos to him for taking his beliefs, doubts, and issues with a religion, a society, and cultivating them into a piece of art to be enjoyed for all time.
When I found The Satanic Verses in the book store, I thought, If this is a war of ideas, a war for the mind, then my own little personal protest will be to read what my enemy does not want anyone to read. It had not occurred to me before, because the fervor of the fatwa led me to believe Salman Rushdie's book was some sort of religious tract or angry political protest against Muslim fundamentalism, not a novel of brilliant imagination, sensual metaphor and lyrical poetry.
It is a story of India and Britain, and the inevitable clashes between, brought on by their long, and turbulent history together. It is a story about personal identity, racial identity and religious identity. It is a story of damnation and redemption, love and betrayal, betrayal and forgiveness. But most of all, it is a story about people. Deep, colorful and live, full of passion, humor and questions for the Almighty. It is, in short, a human story, so well crafted, that anyone, even someone like me who has little experience with India or Islam, can relate to its message.
Perhaps this accessibility is just what worried the Ayatollah Khomeni. By issuing his death sentence upon Salman Rushdie's head, he drew widespread attention and sympathy for a talented writer who might otherwise have gone unnoticed outside his own circle of interest.Read more ›
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Very interesting book into the Muslim culture and believes of the culture . Religion is important in any culture .Published 25 days ago by msrley B Lansdowne
Strange, botched-up English for a British writer, confused scenario and in total, much ado about very little ! Read morePublished 10 months ago by PJ
The book was as described and I had a good experience with the purchase. As well the price point was really good.Published 21 months ago by Irena Meco
I PURCHASED THIS BOOK TO GET SOME INSIGHT FROM A (FORMER??) MOSLIM ON HIS VIEWS ON THIS "RELIGION", CONSIDERING THAT THE IATOLA GOMANY (I DON'T REMEMBER THE CORRCT SPELLING... Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2013 by Dick P. Veerman
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My husband ordered the book..seller was perfect in mailing etc., but the book was NOT what he expected it to be and did not enjoy what little he read.Published on Nov. 3 2012 by mayflower