- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Satanic Verses Hardcover – 26 Sep 1988
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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.
"'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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People seem to take things a bit too seriously for my liking
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.Read more ›
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Its a completed book. And that's just about all that you can credit it for.
Whether your curious about the whole heresy uproar or have casually picked it up, you've come to a... Read more
Does what it said on the posting. Book a little more worn than I expected but still okay.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this book for my husband. He's really pleased with the bookPublished 2 months ago by Laura Fernholdt