I doubt that I ever would have chosen this work outside of my college literature class, but I am much more enlightened for having read it. Salman Rushdie has weaved a novel that is a complicated web of good vs. evil, identity politics, and complex characters.
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.