A Must Read.....
by Naveen on June 19, 2009If just to find out what all the fuss is about. I first ordered this book from a small bookstore and when it arrived, I clandestinely read it my bedroom. The only problem was I had no idea how to decipher the first chapter :)
Here we see Rushdie at his most playful and creative. Inspiring a hybridity of characters that fluidly blend and shape shift between one another and history, The Satanic Verses is what I would consider one of the best books I've read in my entire life. There's a mix of Bollywood, Jorge Luis Borges, Shakespeare's Othello, South Asian Diaspora life, Thatcherite England, The 1001 Arabian Nights, The Wizard of Oz, and of course Islam. There are some websites out there that put a reference to every allusion that Rushdie makes, but even without this dense background, the book is still highly enjoyable because of the questions it asks...and it's a really humourous book, too.
A highly recommended book which I would consider better than Midnight's Children, and also a book that ask troubling and difficult questions from its reader.
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