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The Satanic Verses: A Novel (Bestselling Backlist) Paperback – December 1, 2000
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I tend to gravitate towards books that are less challenging to understand and more transparent when making their point. This book, though makes its point, runs the unnecessary risk of losing a lot of readers about half way.
On the other hand, the vocabulary is brilliant, and the challenge of understanding it is really what sets the book apart. The schisms that take place b/t the unlikely two counterparts help to unfold a thickening plot about the battles b/t good and evil. This is evident when the books protagonist turns into a goat and is then beaten, formally, by police. Furthermore, he awakens to find himself in a hospital ward surrounded by other metamorphesized creatures. B/c they are all being treated very badly and have no means of achieving satisfying life from within the ward, they, the creatures, form a pact and decide to escape.
Parts like this make this book very worthwhile to read. The complexity of the events and that of the characters really bring to life the main point of the story.
Reading this book is not for the weak minded. Once you begin, I would suggest you take your time to really take in what you are being exposed to. Then you might have some sort of appreciation of what the author is portraying.
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