The Satanic Verses: A Novel by Salman Rushdie

The Satanic Verses: A Novel

bySalman Rushdie

Kobo ebook | December 31, 2010

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One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie’s best-known and most galvanizing book. Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang: the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil. This is just the initial act in a magnificent odyssey that seamlessly merges the actual with the imagined. A book whose importance is eclipsed only by its quality, The Satanic Verses is a key work of our times.

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Salman Rushdie was born in India, raised in Pakistan, and educated in England, where he now lives. His Rabelaisian skill for telling stories teeming with fantasy and history, and the virtuosity of his style, with its sly transliterations of Indo-English idioms, won him a delighted audience with the publication of Midnight's Children in...
Title:The Satanic Verses: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 31, 2010Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307367762

ISBN - 13:9780307367761

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from For some reason, never truly adhered to the whole thing I was probably too young or not savvy enough when I read this book a few years ago and did not appreciate the satyre enough but I truly felt like this book was much ado about nothing... Never managed to understand why it either created such an uproar in the Islamic world (even though I'm well aware of the blasphemy of representing Mohammed) nor why it warranted such praise... All I was left was, was a mere "meh" of a feeling
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Really makes you look at the world and examine your own beliefs
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good overall, but ... Uneven in parts. I really enjoyed the "Mecca" parts of the story, but found the modern, London part a bit contrived and had a hard time caring about the characters at all. Rushdie's style is idiosyncratic and not to everyone's taste.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For those with eyes that see and ears that hear Rushdie's "Satanic Verses" is a powerful, intensely personal book. Years later I read a scholarly review that traced the "plot" of the book to correspondences in Rushdie's personal life. Of course I read the book to see what the furor was all about. A "fatwah" had been placed, like a sword, over Rushdie's head, by muftis and mullahs from more than one branch of Islam. One chapter in the book uses the names of wives of the prophet in the context of a house of pleasure. Such a shallow interpretation is far below the merits of the book, however. My reading of fiction linked to Islamic cultures is limited but it has been rewarding. This book is creative and modern (post magical realism) beyond all expectation.
Date published: 2015-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buckle in! A roller-coaster that brings the reader on a journey across thousands of kilometers and more than a thousand years.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Metaphorical Wonder A great deal has been written since 1988 about Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, which, aside from the obvious sensationalism regarding the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s fatwa, much of the commentary has been academic and speculative in nature. Pundits discuss Rushdie’s penchant for migrant alienation, and use of magic realism. Others wax poetic regarding Rushdie’s ability to weave political and spiritual themes together into a literary melange, while others state unequivocally The Satanic Verses is a metaphor of the prophet Muhammad’s life. I do not claim to be an academic titan. Nor do I claim to be a spiritual guru. What I am is an avid reader who relishes literary provocation. Salman Rushdie has done just that. Provoked me. And allowed me epiphany. My journey with Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses began in October. Only this morning (December 27) have I finished this epic work. And upon closing the black, cloth cover I smiled, experiencing a sense of literary completion and edification I have not known in many, many years. Was this an easy journey? No. Reading Rushdie’s novel is not for the faint of heart. The language is dense, rich, much of it in stream-of-consciousness and an Indian patois, and in fact one memorable sentence, which left me breathless, I realized upon review was one entire page long. I was constantly amazed Rushdie took all grammatical landmarks and demolished them, using language, metaphor and simile to create tension, dream-state and yet still remain highly communicative. I am ashamed to say as an editor and publisher, had this manuscript come across my desk I would likely have returned it to the author after the first few pages. Yet I wonder if I would indeed have done just that, because I kept reading the novel after the first few pages, not because it was Rushdie (I have closed a book before on well-respected authors), but because there was something of mystery in what he presented. What is The Satanic Verses about? Only Rushdie himself can honestly and accurately answer that question. What I took away from this gigantic work is indeed what the pundits have made commentary, but as well I found a simple allegorical tale of mankind’s inner journey to understand what it is to be human and whole. Rushdie himself writes in the voice of Chamcha that the Satanic verses (doggerel to torment his counterpart Farishta) were his own sin and regret, and that because of his inability to curtail his own inner demons he fed Farishta’s madness and thereby responsible for Farishta’s ultimate undoing. I will look forward to reading The Satanic Verses again in a year or two. It is a novel and a pilgrimage worth revisiting, and one I am honoured to have as part of the foundation our personal library.
Date published: 2010-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting if not terribly quick read To fully enjoy this book a reader needs to be aware of many other sources. From Dickens, to William Blake, to the Qu'ran, the more widely you have read the more of this book you will enjoy. That is not to say that it is not worth reading unless you have read the Qu'ran etc, but a good working knowledge of world religions and western literature will aid in the enjoyment of this book. Like I said in my title, not a terribly exciting read, as it was slowly paced, and not always moving in a linear fashion. In spite of all this it was a well written book with interesting characters, so well worth a read.
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Shade of Genius When we find the echoes of madness and beauty co-existing simutaneously, in one fragile place, we know that we have found something special, profound, even sacred. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie, is a novel which leads the reader to such a place. Rushdie takes us on a journey where illusion and reality become one, where madness and sanity become indistinguishable; Rushdie offers us a rare glimpse into the depths of the human mind and the chaos which engulfs our imaginations. The Satanic Verses is novel of identities, and the struggle between not good and evil, but rather distinguishing good from evil. This novel is a must read for those who love fiction, but furthermore, for those who love literature. The Satanic Verses is a modern masterpiece that will paint your mind with shades of genius.
Date published: 2001-02-23