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No book in modern times has matched the uproar sparked by Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, which earned its author a death sentence. Furor aside, it is a marvelously erudite study of good and evil, a feast of language served up by a writer at the height of his powers, and a rollicking comic fable. The book begins with two Indians, Gibreel Farishta ("for fifteen years the biggest star in the history of the Indian movies") and Saladin Chamcha, a Bombay expatriate returning from his first visit to his homeland in 15 years, plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their jetliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations. Rushdie's powers of invention are astonishing in this Whitbread Prize winner. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Banned in India before publication, this immense novel by Booker Prize-winner Rushdie ( Midnight's Children ) pits Good against Evil in a whimsical and fantastic tale. Two actors from India, "prancing" Gibreel Farishta and "buttony, pursed" Saladin Chamcha, are flying across the English Channel when the first of many implausible events occurs: the jet explodes. As the two men plummet to the earth, "like titbits of tobacco from a broken old cigar," they argue, sing and are transformed. When they are found on an English beach, the only survivors of the blast, Gibreel has sprouted a halo while Saladin has developed hooves, hairy legs and the beginnings of what seem like horns. What follows is a series of allegorical tales that challenges assumptions about both human and divine nature. Rushdie's fanciful language is as concentrated and overwhelming as a paisley pattern. Angels are demonic and demons are angelic as we are propelled through one illuminating episode after another. The narrative is somewhat burdened by self-consciousness that borders on preciosity, but for Rushdie fans this is a splendid feast. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; first serial to Harper's; BOMC alternate; QPBC alternate; author tour.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
What a Genius. Rusdie is one of the most amazing word smiths I have ever read. He does things with the English language and sentence structure that you can only marvel at. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Here again the kinds of choices given do not make sense in a discussion of this book. I have not finished reading it, since I find the author's narrative method exasperating. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Polly Glott
When you look in the dictionary under "controversial novels of the 20th century" this is probably one of the first titles that pops up in the list (the 21st century list... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Michael Battaglia
Rushdies ability to get to the root of human emotion is unparalleled. We all hear our own whispers and temptations that aide us in finding who we are.Published 1 month ago by MisterPulverizer
I couldn't accept anything I was reading. I gave it to a friend who likes these sorts of books.Published 1 month ago by IIBuddyII
Hard book to start reading, it requires a lot of concentration at the beginning. It gets easier as you continue to read and it is very entertaining. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roxana Barcelo Singh
As a Moslem myself, i have always heard my parents talk trash about Rushdie and how he bashes Islam and some Imams i know they out right refuse to acknowledge his existence. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MianTec