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La Terre sous ses pieds / The Ground Beneath Her Feet

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  9,136 Ratings  ·  504 Reviews
In this remaking of the myth of Orpheus, Rushdie tells the story of Vina Apsara, a pop star, 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 fifties, moving to London in the sixties, and New York for the last quarter century, the novel pulsates with a half-century ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 792 pages
Published October 3rd 2002 by Éditions 10/18 (first published 1999)
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Oct 26, 2007 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Apr 08, 2013 Lucrezia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2007 Kirstie rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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.
Aug 03, 2007 Neda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
May 04, 2015 Lavinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, fiction, in-en
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


"The only people who see the
Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
"Le uniche persone che vedono tutto il quadro sono quelle che escono dalla cornice"

La terra sotto i suoi piedi è quello che manca a Vina in primo luogo, e poi a tutti i comprimari di questa ode appassionata all'immortalità dell'Amore con la A maiuscola...Vina scompare inghiottita dalla terra, ma non prima che Rai ce ne racconti ogni pensiero, gesto o segreto rimpianto, e certo non prima che il lettore abbia abbondantemente compreso che Salman Rushdie, mentre racconta di un amore per una dea, sta
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
Jun 26, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
Orpheus and Eurydice as rock stars. Epic tale of music 'n' love.
And the deification of genius.


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."

Sep 21, 2015 Anne-Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-the-best
Absolute favourite. The man weaves a tale like no other. <3
Ravi Gangwani

Rushie sir, I love you so please don't mind me giving this book Three stars :)

"Those who value stability, who fear transience, uncertainly, change, have erected a powerful system of stigmas and taboos against rootlessness, that disruptive, anti-social force, so that we mostly conform, we pretend to be motivated by loyalties and solidarities we do not really feel, we hide our secret identities beneath the false skins of those identities which bear the belongers’ seal of approval.

But the truth le
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
Jul 28, 2008 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Jun 28, 2007 Ira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2008 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 15, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Mar 16, 2016 Ronald is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
3) The Ground Beneath Her Feet staat bekend als Salman Rushdie's grote roman over popmuziek, maar voor mij is het vooral een grote roman over fotografie. De hoofdpersonen mogen dan zangers zijn, de verteller is fotograaf, en hij maakt een aantal mooie observaties met betrekking tot fotografie. Zodanig dat ik benieuwd raak naar de foto's die Salman Rushdie maakt. Want dat hij naast schrijver fotograaf is staat voor mij buiten kijf.

2) Enigszins los van dit boek. Telkens als ik het woord "sake" teg
Jul 30, 2014 Silvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2010 Liza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Michael Bohli
Jan 13, 2016 Michael Bohli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, favorites, music
Lange lag das Buch ungelesen im Regal. Gekauft hatte ich es mir damals eigentlich nur, weil U2 aus einer Textpassage einen Song gebastelt haben ("The Ground Beneath Her Feet" vom Million Dollar Holte OST). Doch Salman Rushdie gilt nicht umsonst als wichtiger und grossartiger Autor. Denn auch diese Geschichte um die Fiktive Band VTO und die Dreiecksbeziehung zwischen dem Duo in der Band und einem Fotografen ist lyrische Reichhaltigkeit vom Feinsten.

Rushdie lässt die Erzählung und gewählten Sätze
Aug 31, 2007 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: south-asian
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
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
Jul 04, 2012 Aldo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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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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