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The Satanic Verses Hardcover – 26 Sep 1988

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  • Hardcover: 547 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st Edition edition (1 Jan. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670825379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670825370
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 4.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
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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 fatwa from Iran's Ayatollahs decreeing his death. Furore aside, it is a marvellously 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 astonishing powers of invention are at their best in this Whitbread Prize winner. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"'A staggering achievement, brilliantly enjoyable' Nadine Gordimer"

"'A masterpiece' Sunday Times"

"'A novel of metamorphosis, hauntings, memories, hallucinations, revelations, advertising jingles and jokes. Rushdie has the power of description, and we succumb' The Times"

"'Damnably entertaining and fiendishly ingenious. One of the very few current writers whose works are attempts at the great Bible, "the bright book of life" ' London Review of Books"

"A great novelist, a master of perpetual storytelling." (V S Pritchett) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I found this book baffling. The writing is brilliant, but the structure is random and confusing. After 'Midnight's Children' I gave a lot of trust to this novel, thinking that it would suddenly come together like a spectacular jigsaw puzzle, but, having read to a third of the way through, I have abandoned it as surreal and finally uninteresting despite the wonderful writing style.
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A weird book with various stories that appear to interlink. I read this more out of curiosity than anything. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as a read unless you are just curious like me.
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Very descriptive, have no idea what all the fuss was about back in the day, just a well written novel.

People seem to take things a bit too seriously for my liking
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very good thanks
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Great book loved it very insightful
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Exhausting to read!
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I have not had the chance to finish this book yet, but the first few pages were good.
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"The Satanic Verses" is a novel which has been overshadowed by its history. Published in late September of 1988, it was on February 14th in 1989 that a fatwa was issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini against the author Salman Rushdie (Happy Valentine's Day, Salman). The claim was that the book was very insulting to Muslims, and the controversy itself caused many who had never read the book to issue strong opinions about it. It also had the effect of getting many to buy it that otherwise would not have, and stop people from buying and reading it who otherwise might have. I'm sad to admit that I fall into the latter category, having allowed the controversy to steer me away not only from "The Satanic Verses", but from all of Salman Rushdie's works. The loss has been mine.

A story dealing with immigration into a different culture, and the loss of faith, the sections which caused the controversy are the dream sequences of a man who believes he is an angel, and even in the sequence which most applies to the prophet then the names are altered, though clearly Mahound is intended to be a representation of the prophet Muhammad, it is a representation which takes place in the dream of a delusional character. So ultimately, the controversy is about a piece of fiction which includes dreams from an unbalanced mind, and that is pretty much all that needs to be said regarding the supposed blasphemy, and of course free speech still allows one to write what one will, so even if it were blasphemy the violent response to it has been nothing short of obscene.

I found "The Satanic Verses" a difficult read as I struggled with some of his terms, and the narrative structure.
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