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The Ground Beneath Her Feet

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  8,175 ratings  ·  463 reviews
In this brilliant remaking of the myth of Orpheus, Salman Rushdie tells the love story of Vina Aspara, a famous and much-loved singer, and Ormus Cama, an extraordinary songwriter and musician, who captivate and change the world through their music and their romance. Beginning in Bombay in the 1950s, moving to vibrant London in the '60s, and frenzied New York for the last q ...more
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Published April 2000 by Picador USA (first published 1999)
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Chris
Knew it was my favorite book ever as soon as I read it. Read all the others I'd said that about again just to be sure. It was. Rushdie's polyglot wordplay and his gift for pun (Why is it that multi-lingual writers like Rushdie and Nabokov are the most exceptional punsters?) are irrepressible. It's a transcontinental, slightly-fantastical elseworld story in which making music seems the most important thing a person can do. Add to it all the burbling, effusive joy with which Rushdie handles langua ...more
Lucrezia
Tutti abbiamo qualcosa che ci sostiene a questo mondo, ma se quel qualcosa viene meno allora che si fa?
Saremo gli Ormus Cama della situazione o i Rai?
Si può vivere attaccati ad un ricordo e inseguendolo?
O si deve andare avanti?
Cosa succede quando la terra sotto i tuoi piedi inghiotte quello che hai di più caro?
Hai perso solo quello o anche te stesso?
E quel qualcosa è mai stato veramente tuo?
Fin dove può arrivare un amicizia?

Rushdie cerca di rispondere a tutto questo e a molto più...
Ecco perc
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Kirstie
Dec 19, 2007 Kirstie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in music and epic novels
I think Rushdie can be a bit daunting sometimes because he's really an intellectual through and through. He fills his writing with countless references to mythology and history in a way that I find rewarding but some may find difficult. Rushdie creates the story of a band and music that grows to epic proportions. We follow the story of Rai, a photographer who falls precariously in love with Vina in India while still very much a boy. He basically devotes his whole life to Vina and the language is ...more
Neda

i will confess that i started "satanic verses" ... key word, started. i read the first 10-15 pages, and realized that i had NO idea what i was reading. so i turned to a nifty cliff note thing on line and realized that what i had read and re-read four times was the protagonists falling through the air after their airplane kabooms ... surprising to me. and thats when i did not read anymore (maybe some other day).

i picked this one up hesitantly. i wanted to read something by rushdie, and a good fri
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Petra X
I either love or hate Salman Rushdie. This book comes into the second category.

I'll never finish this book nor Haroun and the Sea of Stories, nor the Satanic Verses. Life is too short to plough through more than the first 50 pages if you haven't got into it by that stage. On the other hand though, I will probably reread Shame and Midnight's Children once in a while, I loved those books.
Lavinia
oops! i did it again. i started it for the third time. and i'm determined to finish and like it [i intend the same thing with ulysses and foucault's pendulum - i'll see about the rest]. if only i could get over the first 100 pages. wish me luck. i can't believe i paid 43.8 RON in 2005 to get this book. well, this might be just another reason for reading it ;)

U2 feat. rushdie wrote a beautiful song based on the book
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ-XKz...

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24.10.2008

"The only people who see the
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Tami Lynn Andrew
I really wanted to read this book, and though I haven't read much else by him, I really like Salman Rushdie.. But I just couldn't get into this. Every time I picked it up I couldn't get through more than 20 pages without putting it down and finding myself with no incentive to pick it back up again. From October 2007 until about a month ago I hadn't even gotten through half the book.

Suffice it to say I was not impressed. I felt like it was just this long-winded story of nothing. There was so much
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Rebecca
Orpheus and Eurydice as rock stars. Epic tale of music 'n' love.
And the deification of genius.

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Also, highlights celebrity's recent secularisation. How today's stars function for community instead of idolatry.

"the point is always reached after which the gods no longer share their lives with mortal men and women, they die or wither away or retire... Now that they've gone, the high drama's over. What remains is ordinary human life."



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Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath
I walked away from this book with many feelings, but, principal among them was boredom. I have seen a lot of people labelling Tolkein's work as self indulgent. Tolkein, my friends, was lyrical. His book had heart, soul. His characters were weighed down by destiny and the strength of their choices. Rushdie, in the other hand, is self indulgent.
I have read The Moor's Last Sigh, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, The Satanic Verses and The Ground Beneath her Feet by Rushdie and this w
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Jonathanstray Stray
I’d never read Rushdie before. I can see why he has a Jihad against him — even in this book which only incidentally addresses religion, he is not shy about saying he sees no place for it. But that is beside the point. Rushdie is, truly, a brilliant writer.

The story is something about two kids from India who grow up to form the biggest rock and roll band of all time in some sort of closely-allied alternate reality, outselling even the Beatles. The themes are much wider ranging. There is the love
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Meredith
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Ira
Greek Odyssey and Rock 'n' Roll - awesome combination and not a real surprising one either. After all, the Greek Gods of the last several decades may be Rock stars. Rushdie blends the myth of Orpheus (an actual rock god) and the story of fictional musicians, that incorporates fictional Madonnas, Jim Morrisons, Hendrix's and others. Rushdie did his hmoework for The Boss is in there and even the Girevious Angel himself. The story takes place in Europe (U.K and India) and The States. This one as a ...more
Don
Feb 16, 2008 Don rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jason, Scott, Dorise, Amy, Melissa, Tina
I think this is my favorite Rushdie book yet.

No less of a deep dive into Bombay, India, Europe, current political events, religion and history than the other books of his I've read, this one adds Rock and the modern world as a central theme, and the mythical-magical, so to speak analysis of power and alternate worlds teeming with real and unreal examples of iconic ways that the world just is.

The Orpheus and Eurdike storyline this is woven around is brilliantly exhumed and turned into living roc
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David
There was some good stuff in this one, and it was interestingly different from the other Rushdie works I've read, but it was a bit too sprawling for me. Maybe I took too long to read it, far longer than I normally take to read a book, but it just seemed bigger than it needed to be. This time, I didn't have as much patience for that.
BookNerdsBrainDump
Short Take: A 600-page love song to the beauty of impermanence.


If my usual choice of literature is candy, The Ground Beneath Her Feet is a 12-course meal, and I consumed it gluttonously, shamelessly, simultaneously wanting to rush to the next bite, and to savor the current taste. The interweavings of myth and music are magic, and every sentence is a poem.

The Ground Beneath Her Feet is a disorienting mix of a huge conglomeration of stories, and a very small, personal memoir. Rai is a child in Bom
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Silvia
Cartea asta este foarte frumoasă, din punct de vedere al limbajului. Te farmecă prin frazele lungi a la Rushdie, atât de intense, prin grandoarea și personalitatea marcantă a personajelor aproape zeificate, prin lucrurile simple descoperite în concret, prin părțile de frumos pe care ți le oferă dintr-o simplă întorsătură de frază. E ca o poezie modernă despre mitul lui Orfeu și Euridice, o punere în scenă de un farmec pe care nu ai cum să nu-l admiri, pe ritmuri de rock și de dezamăgire și iar a ...more
Liza
Yet another wonderful feast for thought from Salman Rushdie. "Ground beneath her feet" is a long and lingering trip through the lives of 3 people, through their respective journeys of self discovery and personal tragedy.

To me, this book is more than just a love story, it is a thesis on how in modern day (largely) godless world, we take the cult celebrity figures and turn them into the pagan gods of old. Not the perfect beings far off in the sky, but the angry, nymphomaniac, jealous, obstinate g
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Kate
Ok, ok, I know Rushdie has an obvious gift for language, and almost no one can create a better pun, but this "retelling of the Orpheus myth via an alternate-reality alternative-history of rock n' roll" (whew) left me decidedly un-gripped. As other readers have discovered, almost all of the characters are unlikeable. Vina, the rock goddess who is supposedly adored by the world, is self-centered and execrable, her endlessly cuckolded husband/virtuoso guitarist Ormus Cama is a dope, and Rai the nar ...more
Debbie
A reimagining of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set in the modern world of rock & roll. There are many cultural references, but often twisted in interesting ways. Famous people appear, but in different roles than readers expect. I found this the most fun aspect of the book--wondering how many of the jokes I actually got.

Ormus Cama is a brilliant musician born in Bombay, India. The love of his life is Vina Apsara, a half-Indian woman who moves to Bombay when she is a young adolescent. The two
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Christine Blachford
Plot: This is the story of the life and death of Vina Apsara, a huge singing sensation, and everyone around her. It takes place over the course of a whole lifetime and finishes after her death.

Characters: Vina and Ormus and well, there are so many. They are all described a lot and you get a vivid picture of them all in your mind, but I don’t think you’re supposed to completely understand them.

Style Of Writing: It took me three months to read this book, it is so descriptive with a lot of big sent
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Karen
Critics have said that this book is "Rushdie's Love Song to America." I think that's printed on the cover of my copy. Eh. The point that I got from it was that was that mixed, generic, international culture spreads in different ways. Among celebrities who reach out toward an international audience, and travel across borders frequently, it develops and mushes together quickly. Among the rest of us, it can take many trips, years, and acquaintances from around the world to see the world as one big ...more
Catherine
I started off loving this book but it became one of those that I was pushing through rather than being pulled by the story. Rushdie tried too hard or his style has changed. The book got to be frenetic with the interspersed poetry, song lyrics, and pop culture references forcing me to concentrate on them and not the plot and characters. At over 500 pages it is far too long for this kind of pace.

By the last third I no longer cared what happened to Vina, Rai, or Ormus. I finished it last night out
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Aldo
Me llamó la atención porque tenía elementos que me gustan: música y fotografía. Tardé demasiado en terminar este libro porque no fui nada constante en su lectura, de hecho, hice pausas de años y a veces terminaba comenzando de nuevo. El autor en ocasiones se mete demasiado en detalles con demasiadas referencias históricas, políticas, culturales, etc, y en otras ocasiones son simplemente detalles de la historia. A veces eso hacía que perdiera el interés en el libro. Pero la historia es escencialm ...more
Taylor
I was certain that I would love this book, because a) I'm a music nerd, and b) I loved Satanic Verses. While it had a lot of the characteristics that I loved about Satanic Verses, for some reason I just wasn't as engrossed in it. I read it more quickly, and found it more accessible, but I still prefer Satanic Verses. The characters started to grate on me, and I just didn't feel as invested as their outcomes. If you're looking for something by Rushdie that isn't so monumental and overwhelming, I' ...more
Cathy
What fun! although easily 100 to 200 pages could have been trimmed from this sprawling book, it's an engaging concoction of sex, mythology, and rock and roll. I wasn't entirely convinced that Rushdie understands rock music or rock stardom, but Ground Beneath Her Feet is a terrific showcase for his verbal pyrotechnics and sly sense of humor. Jam-packed with murder, supernatural occurrences, crushes, and memorable minor characters (more memorable than the major characters in many cases) and graced ...more
Isabelle
Although I could not help thinking that the whole novel was heavily inspired by the Lennon/Ono story, I ended up dropping that last mental reservation to dive into the novel. It is true that the similarities are obvious: a couple occupying the forefront of the music scene, a separation, a secluded life in a start apartment in the upper west side and an untimely death leaving the survivor changed forever.... Hmmm! of course, you must add to that a drop of Indian lore and a very big dash of Rushdi ...more
Paul
Another one I have to thank Annie for. She would rave and rave about this book, and I finally bought a cheap copy at the Beijing bookstore. Every sentence Rushdie writes in this book is close to perfect. I don't know how he sustained it for so many pages. It covers pretty much every major literary theme somewhere, and manages to be at once wholly in the time period it describes, and outside of it. Everything disintegrates like a sugar cube in a glass of cold water as it goes on. Just a phenomena ...more
Angela
My second Salman Rushdie. The Satanic Verses was more my style, but this was still a fantastic read--incredibly ambitious and masterfully written start to finish. There are a few sections where the internal monologue goes on a bit long & maybe some additional editing could have been done, but it's such epic storytelling that I'm willing to overlook it (or, more accurately, skim it).

The story is basically a modern retelling of the Orpheus & Eurydice myth, with Indian rock stars Ormus Cama

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Anca Rotar
Apparently there are many books I can't finish - which is mostly due to the fact that I've stopped feeling guilty about not finishing books that I don't like. I thought I would love this one - the intertextuality and mythology references were making me really giddy when I started it! However, about 120 really-small-type pages in (out of about 670), I realised it had become a chore. No wonder Salman Rushdie is friends with Bono- the man is so in love with his own wit and erudition that he feels t ...more
Ivan
Truly an epic, richly described and exotic. Starts prior to the birth of the main characters, soul mates whose own fates and passions keep them from fulfilling their love of each other. It's also the single greatest book I've read about the power of music. The lead characters are a gifted musician and a beautiful singer, who experience dizzying highs and aching lows, from tragedies and great loss, going through hell and back.

Salman Rushdie's knowledge of arts and culture is an endless fount, fu
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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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