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Quick Plot Summary: Two Indian ex-patriots, now living in England living very famous lives are on an airplane when it is exploded by terrorists.
They survive the explosion and the fall and upon landing begin changing. The garish obnoxious one, gains a halo, becoming the arch-angel Gabreel and the prim and proper other one gains horns and goat legs. The devil's story is his reintroduction into society and the angel's story is through his dreams, he inspires the prophet Mohammad. Everything culminates into a showdown between these two entities. But along the way, nothing happens. We have pages and pages of unnecessary background information.
And then, we have more pages and pages of unnecessary background information. We keep getting filled with pages and pages of unnecessary background information.
Suddenly, we're faced with a book that is much larger, and more importantly, much drier than it should be. It really does have the basis for a great story. Wonderful things happen in this book that everyone should read, but it's not worth getting through all the unnecessary to get there.
I've never taken so long to read a book. Usually, I read a book when I want to and usually that's all the time. This book, I only read in great spurts when I was sitting and waiting. I read a bunch when I was sitting and waiting at a debate tournament. I read a bunch while I was sitting and waiting monitoring my students testing. I read a bunch while I was sitting and waiting in the bathtub for my health to return. Never was there a point when I wanted to pick up this book because it was interesting and I couldn't wait to get back to the story.
As big a fan of magic realism as I am, I was disappointed.
If you're looking for a Muslim centric magic realism story that uses a lot of the same story telling techniques that Rushdie uses, I recommend a far superior story done by a far superior writer: Farnoosh Moshiri's At the Wall of the Almighty. View all 21 comments. Mar 03, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it did not like it Recommends it for: The Satanic Verses is vastly imaginative and creative; it is a force to be reckoned with in the literary world providing you can actually get through it.
Perhaps if I was more widely read I would have appreciated it more. T The Satanic Verses is vastly imaginative and creative; it is a force to be reckoned with in the literary world providing you can actually get through it. Otherwise most of the allusions will be wasted on you like they were me. It drew upon such a huge wealth of myths, religion and stories that it became so hard to follow. Multiple names are used to refer to the same characters and they frequently shifted in and out of the narrative making it hard to focus on the story and discern what the actual story was at any given point.
This meant that a confusing novel became even more confusing. I find the history of the novel, the events that led Rushdie to go into hiding as he feared for his own life, far more interesting than the actual work itself perhaps because I can actually comprehend the facts as they are not veiled in a web of incomprehensible allegory. One day I will come back to this book, not anytime soon; it will be a day when I am more familiar with the texts it discusses and engages with.
At least then, I may be able to read it and form a solid opinion of it. View all 12 comments. From the archives: September 27 The Satanic Verses , the controversial first draft of the Quran recently discovered after spending years in a safe deposit box, finally appeared yesterday to a mixed reception.
I'm so excited!!
Can you believe it?! Influential blogger AyatollahK has been particularly outspoken. View all 32 comments. Apr 24, Taylor rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Here's the thing about this book that you will immediately grasp from what everyone says: I do not mean this in a bad sense. I mean this in the sense that it's overwhelming. It's long, complex storylines that involve overlapping characters and storylines that don't overlap in time or space at all , dense and occasionally slow.
It is not for the reader with ADD. No matter how quickly you think you might read, reading this book will slow you down.
No matter how determined you are to Here's the thing about this book that you will immediately grasp from what everyone says: No matter how determined you are to catch every single detail and nuance of this book and what it means, you will not. I can generally blaze through a book in a matter of days. It took me an entire year to read this book, and was almost certainly my longest read.
I often had to go back and refer to other parts of the book to keep names and events straight. Rushdie is a master writer, and I can't tell you how much I took away from this book.
I would have liked to taken a class on it while reading it so that I could have understood more of it, but even without one, I enjoyed every second of it. View 1 comment. Jul 16, Michael Finocchiaro rated it really liked it Shelves: Unfortunately, most people know this book from the scandal and fatwa it generated around the personage of its prolific and outspoken author Salman Rushdie rather than the book itself.
The thing that enraged some Muslims and the Ayatollah of Iran most of all was Rushdie's hypothesis that Mohammed, being completely illiterate and having the Qu'ran being narrated to him by Archangel Gabriel could have dozed off at one point and that Satan could have impersonated Gabriel without Mohammed noticing Unfortunately, most people know this book from the scandal and fatwa it generated around the personage of its prolific and outspoken author Salman Rushdie rather than the book itself.
The thing that enraged some Muslims and the Ayatollah of Iran most of all was Rushdie's hypothesis that Mohammed, being completely illiterate and having the Qu'ran being narrated to him by Archangel Gabriel could have dozed off at one point and that Satan could have impersonated Gabriel without Mohammed noticing causing some verses of the Holy Book to be written by him.
That's it. Just a theory. No more than when Kazantzakis imagines Jesus fantasising about accepting Mary Magdalene's sexual advances. In Rushdie's book, this is not even the main story, just an internal narrative in a dream of a character that falls out of an airplane of all things.
The book is highly imaginative and although I preferred Midnight's Children and The Moor's Last Sigh, remains for me one of his best works. So read it if for any other reason as to oppose censorship and support artistic freedom and artistic license. Aug 10, Jr Bacdayan rated it it was amazing. What kind of idea are you? This question, scattered throughout the pages of this novel, is the intermediary between the author and his work. So what kind of an idea is this? In turn, what kind of idea are w What kind of idea are you?
In turn, what kind of idea are we? It is said that people are only the sum of their ideas and beliefs. So what equaled to our sum? What are we made of? Are you a preconceived idea? When does the bias of the material end and when does the bias of the reader begin? Or maybe it drove you off altogether. I assure you this novel is not satanic in any devilish way.
Now I ask the question: Do we really approach a book with an open mind, or do we give immediate judgment to books based on their titles? Do we read without bias or do we bear impasse to fairness.
Do we aim to learn or do we aim to protect our knowledge? These questions, I believe, are critical when discussing reading materials which are controversial in nature. It occurred to me when, during an article review in one of my classes, my group-mates and I discussed the bias of an article about the Gaza affair.
My groupmates interpreted the article in favor of Israel while I, on the other hand, viewed it a bit sympathetic towards Palestinians. I realized then that when it came to issues we have forehand knowledge of; people tend to see what they want to see. Justification of its stand is the priority of the mind rather than the absorption of new information.
This selective receiving, blindsiding whatever parity the material has, is a greater source of misconstrusion rather than biased material. Sure, there will always be certain biases in all materials we read, but the bias of the mind is the sieve through which comprehension passes, it will only let in biases it supports. The bias of a material will be evident to an open mind, but the bias of a reader will affect even the most unbiased material.
A good example is the reading of the Bible. The Bible is the foundation of Christianity. Even the most gifted mind is beset by this problem, and I believe it takes years of practice to be able to read something without any inclinations. So before you read this novel, I beg that you give a conscious effort to be open-minded and at least try to suppress the inevitable biases that you will have.
Only then can one learn to fully appreciate this novel. Its many facets, much like a dice that can roll to many of its sides, may have different meanings or might be driving together at one main point.
Many possible ideas are present, one can choose which to focus on, which to ignore, which to accept. Which I idea are you? If you will notice, all the facets and interwoven tales are delved in problems when the characters place their life, their ideas on nationalism, faith, someone they want to be like, someone they love, on political beliefs, on destiny, on goodwill, on what everybody does. Are your ideas your own, or were they placed there by society?
Creativity, originality, uniqueness these things are being suppressed by a society that calls for conformity, for belongingness.
What kind of idea will you be? As a result, they sought ethical satisfactions in the oldest of the grand narratives, that is, religious faith. But these narratives are being manipulated by the theocracy and various political elements in an entirely retrogressive way.
If we write in such a way as to pre-judge such belief as in some way deluded or false, then are we not guilty of elitism, of imposing our world-view on the masses? Otherwise we shall repel and alienate the very people whose reform we should desire. It is not for me to say. It was his choice, and I refuse to cast another stone where I am but an observer. But who are we to say that he deserves to die for his unbelief?
It is one thing to ask for an apology, and another to take life altogether. Why should a review get deleted when it says bad things about an author? Free Expression is commendable but one must also remember repercussions. Acts are done in the name of ideas. Be careful what ideas you clash with, you embody, for unlike an idea which can change, the associated action cannot be taken back.
Will the possibility of criticism deter your idea? View all 14 comments. View all 10 comments. View all 16 comments. Jul 02, Ben rated it liked it. People jumping into this book blindly may soon find themselves wishing they had informed themselves somewhat beforehand.
I must claim an embarrassing ignorance about just about every aspect of this daunting work at the outset: I had only the faintest whisper of a memory of having heard the phrase "satanic verses" outside of a discussion of the ever-present religiously-sanctioned hit out on the author's life. I had very little knowledge of Indian culture and none regarding the cross-cultural expe People jumping into this book blindly may soon find themselves wishing they had informed themselves somewhat beforehand.
I had very little knowledge of Indian culture and none regarding the cross-cultural experiences of Indian immigrants living in Great Britain, and I only knew the barest outline of the history of Islam. While reading this book, I fell head-first into every one of these gaps in my knowledge and quite a few more besides.
To pigeonhole the Satanic Verses as a book solely concerned with and influenced by the above mentioned topics is to miss a great deal of what Rushdie put into it. Personally, while reading, I often found it helpful and at times necessary to educate myself along the way.
Even still, I recognize that I have not grasped many of the story's finer points and subtler themes, and I suspect that, if ever in my life I am able and patient enough to deepen my understanding of this work, my rating will almost certainly improve. View all 13 comments. View 2 comments.
Apr 14, Rich rated it did not like it. Salman Rushdie uses excessive language to cloud discordant plots, has a part-time occupation of scouring the news to write op-eds about evil Muslim organizations he reads about, and is obsessed with celebrity. Rushdie strangles his plot in The Satanic Verses by hitching every development to a forced and unnecessarily long description or metaphor.
His overwriting prevents the development of narrative flow. He even returns to more metaphors about the same topic sometimes, like when he writes about Salman Rushdie uses excessive language to cloud discordant plots, has a part-time occupation of scouring the news to write op-eds about evil Muslim organizations he reads about, and is obsessed with celebrity. He even returns to more metaphors about the same topic sometimes, like when he writes about stuff falling out of the plane in the first chapter again and again.
It's not hard to read but it is distracting and he uses ingratiating language. He doesn't sound confident in his writing. I'm falling out of an aeroplane! I don't oppose metaphors and I don't even oppose varied styles and formats of writing, so long as they are effective. There is a difference between figurative language and purple prose. Look at this punctuation, pg. I won't forget. I don't like kitschy conversational prose. What a way to start a paragraph! God just died?
Aw man, false alarm, it's just more crap like: I'll keep that in mind about the character from now on. Nah, I'll probably forget it.
It doesn't matter though because it didn't mean anything to begin with. At least he threw in a book recommendation, Akbar and Birbal, in that paragraph to make it worth something. It's out-of-place. He's certainly proven to me that he's a master of the Orient at this point, though.
Someone told me not to use the term "orientalist" because it was "stale" so I'll use master of the Orient instead. He also gives a shout-out to Hinduism and Buddhism in this paragraph. Just name-drop those religions as fast as you can and move on, I guess.
No Satanic influence there. Rushdie also relies on intentionally jumbled what'sitcalledwhenyoudothisstupidthing? This sucks. I remember writing words like that in elementary school because I thought it was funny. It's not funny. It's cutesy at best. I don't like reading over pages worth of giddy and bubbly writing just to get through a stupid plot. His realism is magical because he relies on controversial fairy tales to carry themes he is either too lazy or too incompetent to create through reality.
His magical realism makes me feel like I'm watching what I imagine an Enya music video would look like. He's hiding a spastic plot behind mysticism. He fails to employ that mysticism to do anything more interesting than a competent author could do with the real and concrete.
It was supposed to go from the Archangel Gabriel's mouth to Mohammad's ear and then to he People. Satan stepped in like the jackass in a game of Telephone who gets the message wrong on purpose. Later, Islamic ninjas covered up Satan's interference and Mohammad's mistake. This is the plot hook of The Satanic Verses.
Mohammad was influenced by the Devil even though the Koran has no trace of the two goddesses introduced by Zoroaster. How the hell does that work? Was Mohammad like "My utterances at dawn: Sorry, guys. But it was probably, as a huge amount of speculative western scholarship has "uncovered" in the years since Rushdie's inflammatory book was published, just a fight amongst a few Muslims who accused a few other Muslims of attempting, in compiling What the Prophet Said, to add their own idols, who they wanted to be included in religious scripture.
Someone called them "satanic," probably a westerner, as Daniel Pipes speculates, and it was on. Rushdie was ready to write. Misappropriating history with such lazy disregard for truth or context, with such an ignorance that turns condescending by transmission -- this is the hallmark of Dan Browns, not great authors. It's as though Brown seized on some of the more inflammatory screeds from the Arian Heresy and wrote a book that went like, "Aha! The Knights Templar were time travelers!
That this intentionally inflammatory claptrap rose to the level of world-renowned Great Art speaks more to the global prejudice against Islamic theology than to to the Satanic Verses' literary worth! If you believe that Gabriel spoke Allah's divine words to Mohammad, I bet you don't also think that Mohammad received false words from Satan, do you?
If you believe that Gabriel did not speak Allah's divine words to Mohammad, I bet you also don't think that Mohammad received false words from Satan, do you? The rest of this review has very little to do with The Satanic Verses but it does have to do with Rushdie: Rushdie lives a pampered celebrity life now that he's no longer hunted by hundreds of assassins. He's an English knight, so maybe he'll fulfill his fantasy and go to the Holy Land to vanquish Muslims, just the bad ones though, as he is so adept at finding.
Another review on Goodreads said that he had a cameo in Bridget Jones's Diary. That's lame. Sir Rushdie came out of hiding by walking on stage at a U2 concert. I didn't know he was a rock star, wow. We get it, you really like attention. He teaches English now at Emory University, far away from where the following treacherous Islamists lurk. Here are some thoughtful articles he's written: Someone email Sean Hannity and just set up the interview already!
Islam can't take this informed and logical onslaught much longer, Salman! Let it live! He's been married four times. I'm cool with that I live in the U.
That must sting Rushdie's massive ego a bit. A few parting shots: He was most recently married to a model who poses nude, is decades younger than him, sits interviews covering how she loves certain parts of her body, repeatedly proclaims that she isn't boastful, and is a judge on a cooking show.
Her authorship includes a cookbook called Easy Exotic. Too many jokes there. View all 22 comments. Aug 27, Johanna rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Magical Realism Fans, Neil Gaiman fans, studiers and enthusiasts of post-colonial politics.
This book is not for the faint of heart. It is overwhelming in terms of plot, imagery, and its large cast of characters. However, it is completely worth it and it flows beautifully once you get in tune with the book. I bought the Satanic Verses when I was 17 and I was not ready for it--I read 15 pages and then put it away. I picked it up again 7 years later and could not put it down. There is just One would have to read it many many times to get the full meaning This book is not for the faint of heart.
One would have to read it many many times to get the full meaning of it, but at the same time it is a highly enjoyable and pleasurable read. By combining the two, this book becomes perfect--you can enjoy it on first read, but you will want to read it again, and again. Rushdie is the consummate storyteller. Like Neil Gaiman, he is amazing at the actual "telling" of the story, as opposed to just having interesting characters and plots although he does. He is a storyteller in the tradition of the old tellers, the bards and minstrels and trovadores of a bygone age.
Rushdie keeps it alive. However, a warning.
There is a reason that Rushdie had a fatwa declared against him. This book does not portray the Prophet Mohammed in the best light. At all. That is something people may find offensive. I found it fascinating in terms of exploring the genesis of a religion. Rushdie keeps your guessing--in the end, you have to decide what you believe about the characters, including Mohammed.
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I'm giving this four stars because I acknowledge the importance of what this book has to say. The importance does not outweigh the fact that Rushdie does the "oh look how badly they treat women they must be bad! It's a balancing of my importance as a self with my I'm giving this four stars because I acknowledge the importance of what this book has to say.
It's a balancing of my importance as a self with my importance as an idea, something that men the world over could learn something from. Intersectionality does not dampen your critical thinking skills; solipsism does. And when it comes to gynephobia or any other ideological oppression, solipsism kills. Mahound, any new idea is asked two questions.
When it's weak: We know the answer to that one. And now, Mahound, on your return to Jahilia, time for the second question: How do you behave when you win? When your enemies are at your mercy and your power has become absolute: It's not a matter of "I did my best and no one should criticize me" feel-good stagnancy, nor a philosophical degeneration into nonentity that likes to pretend privilege is not a thing, but a real look at the compromises we live by in the societal boundaries of good and evil.
I have my own issues due to my identity, but I'll never be thought a terrorist. Emboldened by the lights and the patient, silent lens, he goes further. These kids don't know how lucky they are, he suggests. They should consult their kith and kin. Africa, Asia, the Caribbean: Those are places where people might have grievances worth respecting.
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