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Rushdie's cunning musician is Ormus Cana, the Bombay-born founder of the most popular group in the world. Ormus's Eurydice (and lead singer) is Vina Apsara, the daughter of a Greek American woman and an Indian father who abandoned the family. What these two share, besides amazing musical talent, is a decidedly twisted family life: Ormus's twin brother died at birth and communicates to him from "the other side"; his older brothers, also twins, are, respectively, brain-damaged and a serial killer. Vina, on the other hand, grew up in rural West Virginia where she returned home one day to find her stepfather and sisters shot to death and her mother hanging from a rafter in the barn. No wonder these two believe they were made for each other.
Narrated by Rai Merchant, a childhood friend of both Vina and Ormus, The Ground Beneath Her Feet begins with a terrible earthquake in 1989 that swallows Vina whole, then moves back in time to chronicle the tangled histories of all the main characters and a host of minor ones as well. Rushdie's canvas is huge, stretching from India to London to New York and beyond--and there's plenty of room for him to punctuate this epic tale with pointed commentary on his own situation: Muslim-born Rai, for example, remarks that "my parents gave me the gift of irreligion, of growing up without bothering to ask people what gods they held dear.... You may argue that the gift was a poisoned chalice, but even if so, that's a cup from which I'd happily drink again." Despite earthquakes, heartbreaks, and a rip in the time-space continuum, The Ground Beneath Her Feet may be the most optimistic, accessible novel Rushdie has yet written. --Alix Wilber
Another great novel by Salman Rushdie. It traces the lives of 3 young Indians, all creatve, who move into their lives amd relationships with one another in the USPublished 18 days ago by David Heflich
Epic telling of a love story written by a master story teller that has mythology and rock 'n' roll at the heart of it to name just a few of its virtues and sinsPublished 1 month ago by Linda Pugh
Just about the greatest rock and roll novel ever. Lost the physical book after reading it a few times. Looking forward to rereading.Published 4 months ago by Gerald
If my usual choice of literature is candy, The Ground Beneath Her Feet is a 12-course meal, and I consumed it gluttonously, shamelessly, simultaneously wanting to rush to the next... Read morePublished 5 months ago by booknerdsbraindump
It did not enthrall me as much as Midnight's Children did, but it is a great novel. The love story is smashing, however, I was quite a bit confused with the multitude of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by readereva
Wonderful book! I bought this book for my high school summer reading assignment for a great price and it was in a good condition. I wouldn't have expected anything less.Published 12 months ago by Jaq'ua Parker
Reading this novel was my introduction to Rushdie's fiction and what an introduction it is. The book is dedicated to Milan Kundera, which seems appropriate as, like Kundera's... Read morePublished 15 months ago by MACLEAR