One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie’s best-known and most galvanizing book. Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, 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.
Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Feb 23, 2011
The Satanic Verses occasionally ventures into the fantastic as many of Rushdie's other works, it doesn't do enough with those fantastical moments to be as gripping as those other works. Though clearly carefully crafted with symbolism and parallels abounding, the story progresses slowly and often seems to feel like drudging through until it picks up again. An interesting read but not necessarily the enthralling read I've come to expect of Rushdie.read more
Layer on layer of imagery, free verse prose, a lyrical, magical alt-telling of the Prophet's life and the immigrant experience, controversial and beautiful. Let the words carry you where they will, and enjoy the ride.read more
An incredible book that is famous for all the wrong reasons. The story of two men (Gibreel Farishta and Sallahudin Chamchawalla) who we first meet as they are falling from a Himalayan height, from what we soon learn is an exploded aircraft. They float smoothly to the ground and soon begin to notice some slight changes (horns and cloven hoofs, an angelic glow from behind the crown of the head). The book then explores a variety of issues including racism, colonialism (it is the man in the bowler hat who begins to turn into the devil of course), sense of place and identity, the history of Islam (which is where the trouble began), and a huge number of other issues that I am forgetting about or went over my head entirely during my four readings of the book. But no matter how much I miss there is always enough writing that is so incomparably beautiful that it just doesn't matter. Rushdie is a master of the language and he treats it playfully, constantly using puns, and word games which gives the book a modernity and a sense of humour usually lacking from other literary classics (and yes this is, already, a classic).Ignore all the hype about the offensive passages, and do what very few of those who condemned, banned, and burned it did; read it.read more
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