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East, West

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  4,220 ratings  ·  266 reviews
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Satanic Verses comes nine stories that reveal the oceanic distances and the unexpected intimacies between East and West. Daring, extravagant, comical and humane, this book renews Rushdie's stature as a storyteller who can enthrall and instruct us with the same sentence.
Published June 15th 1995 by Vintage (first published 1994)
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I read this book with my husband in a hosptial in India, after he had an attack from his leukemia. I read this series of short stories to him as he lay in his hospital bed. He was very ill in a foreign country, and despite these very frigthening circumstances, we laughed till we cried, convinced that this book could speak to no one else in the world more directly than to us.
Enjoyed the Indian "East" short stories tremendously. Somehow did not relate much (actually not at all) to the "West" stories - somehow in those, felt he was trying too hard to impress when simple is what he does best - although since I've not read Rushdie before have no clue what he does best but that was my impression - that he was trying to capture an audience not familiar with him... Maybe I failed to see the message of the collection?. "Yorrick" just didn't seem to fit in with the other the ...more
Yash Ghei
Salman Rushdie uses a vast array of sophisticated narrative techniques to clarify his views about religion and its apparent stronghold on an individual’s life. The Prophet’s Hair has an almost satirical theme, often mocking individuals who absorb themselves into the world of religion. While some might perceive this as offensive and demeaning, the point of the story remains valid. Through the short story, the reader is shown a glimpse into a man whose world is run by religion, and it tries not to ...more
This is an average book: some of the stories are boring, but to the subject, others are written in an interesting way, but they lack something...I couldn't put my finger on this "something" and identify it. I expected this volume to be something else, but it wasn't. In fact, I think that the intention of the author was to create 3 kinds of stories: the ones specific to the East, the ones specific to the West and the ones specific to the Indians that are living abroad, but miss their customs and ...more
Tanya Lohia
I read 'The Prophet’s Hair' by Salman Rushdie from this book, and it has a good theme, but a very dark meaning. The story is written in Magic Realism like many other works by Rushdie. The story line and the way Rushdie is portrayed it is extremely negative. It shines a dark shadow on any form of religion, specifically orthodox Islam. Although I support freedom of expression, it is unjustified when what someone expresses explicitly attacks a particular set of people or beliefs and that is exactly ...more
I read "The Prophet's Hair" from Salman Rushdie's "East, West". This story bases itself on the human need/desire for money and religion.

Contrary to popular belief, Rushdie portrays religion as a dark and imprisoning force instead of a liberating one. When Hashim comes in possession of Muhammad’s hair (Rushdie’s symbol for religion), he suddenly becomes an extremely orthodox and devout Muslim. This change in Hashim is accompanied by the new constrictions he places on his family as well as the vi
Deki Tenzing
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Sohila Samuel
The excerpt 'The Prophet's Hair' from East, West by Salman Rushdie, looks at the theme of religion and how its over-influence can prove to be harmful to one self. Salman Rushdie, though he was Muslim, was against religion and uses this story to get his point across. He makes the story interesting with a gripping plot line and the conflict of getting rid of the 'prophet's hair'.

Through this short story, Rushdie explores the theme of religion through the metaphor of the 'prophet's hair'. In this s
Ishaan Pathak
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This review is about "The Prophet's hair", one of the chapters in the book "East, West"
Briefly, the story involves a relic that is Muhammad's hair. This was stolen from Hazratbal mosque in Kashmir, and following tragedies from one's greed. I've never read or heard of Salman-bhai before. However, as I began to read this book in class, I've gained more interest in reading his writing. I'd like to give some opinions about this chapter.
Salman-bhai's style of writing is very descriptive but also meta
Frank Kasell
I don't often read short stories, but Rushdie has never once ceased to impress me (and, more often than not, totally bowl me over), so I figured it was worth a shot.

As expected, it was mostly magnificent. His style varies widely from story to story, demonstrating his erudition and imaginative capabilities as he jumps deftly from poignant snapshots in time to experimental postmodern monologues. As always, he writes with exuberance, precision, delicacy, joy, and occasional venom.

As other reviewer
An early collection of geographically separated stories by Salman Rushdie. Comprising of three stories each for the segments East, West and East and West, it's an easy read, but not exactly satisfying. I would have rated it lower had it not been for the final story, The Courter. The story of a hall porter and "courter" of the narrator's ayah Mary, it is borrowed from Rushdie's own complicated life. It has shades of Midnight's Children and some of its poignancy. As such, it is the only one that r ...more
Mustafa Aiglon
çok saçma, çok kişisel bir duygu ama okurken sürekli gani müjde'nin ölümsüz eseri (!) "kahpe bizans"'ın bir o kadar ölümsüz şarkısı aklıma geldi:

"doğu batı sentezinden kimseye zarar gelmez..."

neyse adeta 90'lar çöplüğü beynimin bu oyununu paylaştığıma göre; beni açıkçası hintçe seslenmeler, ünlemler, ünvanlar falan çok yordu. o yüzden kırdım zaten puanını. tabi bir de başucu kitabım olacak derecede taptığım floransa büyücüsünden sonra okudum ki; hayal kırıklığı yarattı. sakal-ı şerif öyküsü çok
Katy Wilmotte
This was my first time to read Salman Rushdie and I was thoroughly impressed. His command of language is masterful and extensive. The 'East' stories were probably my favorite as they had the most traditional format. In 'West', Rushdie began playing with language and setting a little more, and some of them were difficult for me to understand. 'East, West' stories were good, but depressing. But that I think, is just my fault, because I like happy endings.
Favorite stories: 'Yorick', 'Auction of the
A book of short stories, three focusing on the "East", three focusing on the "West", and three mixed between the two. I think I prefer Rushdie in the short story format; at least, I liked this book much better than the novels of his I've read. I found the three "West" stories particularly interesting. Each one focused on an aspect of what you might call modern Western mythology (Shakespeare and Hamlet, The Wizard of Oz, Christopher Columbus), but twisted and turned around, and retold in his usua ...more
Aslı Can
Kurmacaların etkisi altında evlerimizi ipotek ettirebilir, çok arzu ettiğimiz her neyse ona sahip olmak için çocuklarımızı satabilir veya zehirli buharlar saçan bu okyanusta arzularımızdan uzağa sürüklenir, onları yeniden ama değişik bir şekilde görürüz; bu kez de bize anlamsız, önemsiz gelir, vazgeçeriz onlardan. Kar fırtınasında ölen bir adam gibi, dinlenmek için karların arasına uzanırız.(Yakut Pabuçların Müzayedesinde)
On altı yaşındayken babanızdan kaçabileceğinizi sanırsınız. Ağzınızdan
Many of the entries here go above my head, especially the "West" section, however I get the feeling that that's the point. I enjoyed the "East" section best, and the last section, "east, west" was very interesting to read.

The writing style is very direct, yet laid out in such a way that the story is told in retrospect. Name drops of popular western television shows, for example, do a lot more here than in most popular novels. It speaks a great deal about how cultures are increasingly influencin
This little book provided a special experience. The first four stories were definitely my favorites, so after those I couldn't help but find that the remaining jewels in the collection less lustrous. But they were jewels nonetheless.

From my experience, I'd say Rushdie's short stories are more accessible than his long fiction. But whatever you chose to read of his, it's worth it. So just go at it.
"Wschód, zachód" jest zbiorem dobrym. Opowiadania, pomimo poruszanych w nich nieraz dość trudnych tematów, napisane są w sposób lekki (nie mylić z zabawnym), bez niepotrzebnego patosu. Każde z nich stanowi odrębną całość, nie powiązaną w żaden znaczący sposób z pozostałymi, jak to chociaż ma miejsce w przypadku krótkich form Amosa Oza. Na niekorzyść zbioru działają jednak opowiadania tworzące cykl „Zachód”, które, choć same w sobie są interesujące, to jednak zaburzają spójność książki, co nieco ...more
Other's notes: "In these tales, Rushdie investigates what happens when East meets West and measures the forces that pull his characters towards the two opposite directions. The stories focus on various cultural aspects of Western and Eastern societies - the lifestyles, events, stereotypes and prejudices that affect people in these areas, especially those who, like Rushdie, migrate from one to the other. Realism and imagination collide just as the rickshaw driver from “The Free Radio” writes lett ...more
Talbot Hook
This was, I believe, the first collection of short stories I have ever read. I am not sure I like the format. I like length and continuity, and there was little within this book. Regardless, Rushdie writes powerfully as always, with his inimitable prose and strange grammars. One passage in particular stuck with me:

"We, the public, are easily, lethally offended. We have come to think of taking offence as a fundamental right. We value very little more highly than our rage, which gives us, in our o
Salman Rushdie's ability to transport the reader just by the tone of the narrator BLOWS MY MIND. Not only that, but the language used in each tale within 'East, West' is so different if if wasn't all bound together in one book I would swear it was by different authors! Truly an excellent variety of emotions and sensations, some sections were slightly harder to start "flowing" because the language was a little stickier (more colloquial or native slang was used, making it harder for me to find my ...more
Rushdie is an author I've always wanted to read more of than I have. I'm mostly familiar with him through his children's novel, "Haroun and the Sea of Stories," as well as at least one novel that I read in herky-jerky bits and pieces during my 20s. I think it's entirely fair to say that Rushdie is one of those writers I always feel, snobbishly, like I *should* have read, and I've enjoyed seeing him interviewed and talking about other books and films. It finally dawned on me, then, that a short s ...more
Short Version: Last three stories are superb, first six, not that much.

Long Version:
Salman Rushdie is a master at story telling. It is not so much of the literary devices as the depth of characters that make his book come alive. His books include taking a real, historical situation and then introducing his own characters and making them interact with the situation. Books like Shame and Midnights Children are excellent examples of this style. Of course you have to know the history of the Sub Cont
Stephanie W
This was my first time ever reading anything by Salman Rushdie. It was a collection of nine stories focussing on the East, the West, and bridging the gap between the two. The first three stories covering the East were set in India and offered more "slice of life" accounts with slight amounts of magical realism in "The Prophet's Hair". The West section of stories offered more post-modern readings that were thematically based instead of plot and character driven. To an extent, some of these storie ...more
Chris Gager
Starting tonight; my first SR book. Day one... I'm actually not sure what page I'm on. I read the first three stories and am delighted and entertained so far. Loved the one("Free Radio") where one thing leads to another and another... and to an most unlikely conclusion.
Day two... and done with "East" and "West" and still enjoying the ride. A few notes: "Ruby Slippers" reminds me of "The Chairs" by Ionesco. Technically, the song sung by HAL was "A Bicycle Built For Two"(I think). "Yorick" reminds
The short story, Prophet’s Hair is a part of the book East, West that is a collection of short stories. In this story, Rushdie mocks the orthodox following of religion, in this case Islam. One can easily make out that this is book is biased and a backlash to the fatwas that were issued against him.

To achieve this purpose, he uses a sarcastic tone. The ironic situations used by him instead of achieving the intended purpose, reflects on his credibility as he is letting his bias against Islamic cu
A potpourri of stories woven together by gossamer specially spun in the Eastern thread and dyed in Western azo dye - some fine, others not so good with one being particularly shitty (it's called Yorick', maybe written when he wanted to write something but could not think of anything)...
Not the best work of Mr. Rushdie...
But I specially liked 'At the auction of Ruby Slipper' (aiyyo, how he froths at the Western way of life, i sortta wrote a precise on it, specially focusing on the veiled jibes he
Kethayun Mehta
Reading only one of Salman Rushdie’s short stories from his book East West, gives perspective of Rushdie’s views about the Islamic religion and society.

Salman Rushdie being as cynical as he is, picked a story that guides the reader through a complex perspective. A perspective of murder, trust, belief and most importantly – and the thing Rushdie seems to humiliate – superstition about religion. He tells a story that incorporates a complex moral including greed, betrayal and human relations. All
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Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist. Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.

His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several coun
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“I, too, have ropes around my neck. I have them to this day, pulling me this way and that, East and West, the nooses tightening, commanding, choose, choose. I buck, I snort, I whinny, I rear, Ikick. Ropes, I do not choose between you. Lassoes, lariats, I choose neither of you, and both. Doyou hear? I refuse to choose.” 6 likes
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