The Satanic Verses

The Satanic Verses

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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.

ISBN: 9780676970630
Characteristics: 561 pages


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May 06, 2021

An overrated, average novel with a few different, very loosely interconnected faith based stories. I didn't recognize the cause of all the controversy surrounding this book, and I don't think enough of it to recommend it, unless curiosity also compels someone to read it.

Aug 09, 2020

So random. Probably not worth the hype/controversy imo. Maybe it was just above my head, I don’t know. I’m not sure who this would resonate with... perhaps an Indian (or other person from a place with a similar background) who is struggling with an identity crisis? But even then it would be relevant only half the time at best. There are so many different threads being told at the same time, and hardly ever do they have a concrete connection.

Dec 08, 2018

it is said that freedom of expression is a non-negotiable principle. but what limits, if any, should be placed on this freedom when it is used to criticize if not demonize a minority religious community? the novel is a good literary piece but i would not stick to its ideology.

Oct 17, 2017

I found this book exhilarating, thoughtful, charming - a wonderful read. Yes, it's often fantastical, symbolic, and esoteric, so perhaps difficult for some. But, from the beginning, I heard the author's voice in my head with its Indian musical lilt, and went along for the ride of the story that he told. I did some research while I read about the historical background of some of the stories that make up the sub-plots of the book (Mahound, the Imam), and that made it even more interesting.

Aug 01, 2017

One of the most worthless & boring books that I have ever read.

I picked this up to find out what the halabaloo about it was all about. I can only say that it is terribly overrated; and I just don't understand why it should be listed as one of the 10 most influential books of the past 10 years.

Jan 21, 2016

It is rare that I don't finish a book that I have started. After the first chapter and a few pages later, I packed it in. Too difficult to get into. I don't know how all those people who banned the book were able to get through the whole thing. Maybe it is a good book, but I'll never know.

Sep 23, 2015

That this story fails to live up to the hype is so unsurprising that it barely deserves mention. The prose is beautiful, and there are ideas in this story enough to fill three or four lesser works. And I think that is the problem. I do not think that the ideas interact well, or resolve well. This should have been several smaller books, where the ideas could be polished and allowed to sit framed by nothing unrelated to the idea itself. Instead the book is crowded and loud, beautiful but jarringly rowdy, various ideas clamoring for attention. This was I think, intended to be a symphony of its various ideas and stories, but it ends up being several poorly connected songs all sung in the same auditorium.

Jul 06, 2014

Waste of time to read this book. Pompous words in paragraph long sentences which never get to the point and are senseless. What was the philosophy of the writer? That evil is humanized through rage and hatred? If it hadn't been for the "bad" publicity stirred by the muslims, the book would not have sold at all.

Aug 06, 2013

After all the hype, I was underwhelmed. I guess if I had never read Garcia Marquez , it would seem innovative. The novel is utilizes the magic realism developed by Spanish American writers. To me, it borrowed so heavily from that tradition that it read like 100 Years of Solitude Goes to India.

dmzll77 Apr 18, 2013

Please send my hold - Satanic verses by Salman Rushdie to St. George as requested. I specifically said St, George. Thanks


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"'To be born again,' sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, 'first you have to die.'"

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