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East, West: Stories Paperback – December 23, 1995
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He has received many awards for his writing including the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. In 1993 Midnight's Children was judged to be the 'Booker of Bookers', the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. In June 2007 he received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
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Good Advice Is Rarer Than Rubies is of a charleton giving free advice to a woman seeking a visa to England to join her fiance. His advice turns out to be valuable.
The Free Radio depicts both a cultural clash (old/new) on birth control as a way to view dreams - of a free radio, of being a movie star.
The Prophet's Hair tells of the theft/loss/theft/loss of the relic of the Prophet ... and the misfortunes accompanying the relic.
Yorick is an exploration of Hamlet's motivations based on his childhood relationship with Yorick and his wife.
At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers is a fascinating look at society and dreams. Kansas will never be the same.
Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella of Spain Consummate Their Relationship depicts Christopher gaining the financial backing for his voyage and Isabella's unquechable thirst.
The Harmony of the Spheres follows a friendship through the occult, madness, suicide, and truth - the last being, perhaps, the most difficult.
Chekov and Zulu - names based on Star Trek - follows two childhood friends through the Indian diplomatic corp, the assasination of Indira Gandhi, and their choices of separate directions.
The Courter shows the family and servant relationships of "outsiders" - voluntarily or otherwise - living in London.
The Courter is the most poignant of the stories; The Prophet's Hair the most traditional; Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella of Spain Consummate Their Relationship the most original.
This is an excellent collection of short stories. Enjoy.
The stories are vastly diverse - those in the 'East' section document important cultural events that are particular to Indian society - the woman seeking a Visa to travel West, the man who undergoes a vasectomy to get a free radio. Those in the 'West' section include a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead esque reworking of Hamlet from the perspective of the minor characters and a whimsical portrayal of Christopher Columbus as beholden to the dominant whims of Queen Isabella rather than the pioneering bold explorer of legend.
The final stories 'East, West' tackle issues of East, West cultural commingling. 'The Harmony of the Spheres' is the story of an Indian undergraduate at Cambridge University who encounters a paranoid schizophrenic, obsessed with the occult. Chekov and Zulu, the code names of two diplomats, is a story set in the historical context of Indian politics and mixes Western popular culture images in the unfamiliar context of Asian political circles. The final story 'The Courter' highlights perhaps the dominant theme we associate with East, West migration, the difficulties faced by poor immigrant families in London and the prejudices they suffer. The final page deftly highlights the sensation felt, perhaps by Rushdie himself, and many other people who have crossed frontiers: 'I...Read more ›
East, West is a volume rich in color and filled with several tales on varied themes, some, I might add, quite unexpected. His writing style seems to fluctuate from one story to the next, going from plain storytelling with little embellishment - almost as plain as one might expect in a fable - to erudite analysis and speculation on popular legend. His prose is very elegant and flows gently, and he paints lovely portraits of his characters. At times I found him long winded though, and tiresome. There were a couple of stories that I considered skipping past at the halfway point, but I stuck it out due to their shortness in length. I wonder if perhaps those particular stories were intended for a purely scholarly audience, since their frame of reference seemed to require prior understanding and in depth knowledge of the matter at hand. Regardless, I have walked away with a pleasant impression of Mr. Rushdie and I look forward to reading one of his novels.
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I am not a big fan of Rushdie. I read this collection for my English class and found his works to be very confusing and hard to understand. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ocie Grimsley
This book was both entertaining and thought provoking. Each story drew me in in different but equally exciting ways, and after each I mulled it over in my head.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nine short stories looking and the cultural divides and ties and long histories of the east and west. Read morePublished 23 months ago by An admirer of Saul
Great read and a very good quality and good price for this book. Everyone should read Salman Rushdie, he is great!Published on December 18, 2012 by Danyelle Mulin
These short stories were fun to read. I expected something like this from Rushdie, of which I had only read a college commencement speech and two pages from a novel. Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Nathan White
My modern fiction course required reading this book. My friend said that he didn't have a clue what the stories were about, but he was certain Salman Rushdie smoked dope every day... Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by mngirl
East, West is the first collection of short stories by Salman Rushdie. There are nine stories, six of which have been published previously in magazines. Read morePublished on June 28, 2011 by Cloggie Downunder
Short stories are the literary equivalent of fast food - an expedient filler for impatient appetites. Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by Sulin Lau