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East, West

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  4,638 Ratings  ·  302 Reviews
This dazzling collection of short stories explores the allure and confusion of what happens when East meets West.

Fantasy and realism collide as a rickshaw driver writes letters home describing his film star career in Bombay; a mispronunciation leads to romance and an unusual courtship in sixties London; two childhood friends turned diplomats live out fantasies hatched byS
Paperback, 211 pages
Published January 3rd 1996 by Vintage Canada (first published 1994)
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Apr 17, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 21, 2016 Smriti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of breezed through this one.

East, West is a compilation of short stories written by renowned author - Salman Rushdie. This is my first book by him. I know - it's a travesty, blah blah blah. But I got my chance this time and I went with it.

Honestly I was a little nervous about how I would take to Salman Rushdie's writing style. I had heard much about it and didn't want him to disappoint me.

I wasn't.

The book divided into three parts - East, West and East, West were absolutely delightful
Oct 09, 2011 Velvetink rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read, india
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
Sep 04, 2013 Yash Ghei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pedro Varanda
Espantosamente para mim que muito admiro este grande escritor, este é um livro irregular, inferior. Colectânea de contos rápidos pretende mostrar os abismos culturais e sociais entre o oriente e o ocidente. De uma forma no entanto que não convence de todo, e que prova que este género literário não é mesmo a sua praia. Recomendo a leitura de toda a sua obra à excepção deste.
Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
est, ovest e tutto quel che c'è in mezzo

racconti divisi in sezioni: est, ovest e est-ovest, in realtà sono tutti figli di Rushdie, il quale non è nè est nè ovest e nemmeno tutti e due, è un caso unico, un indiano inglese che nei suoi libri usa le spezie della sua terra stemperandole col gelo inglese e mescolando un po' a caso riempie il piatto di qualcosa di più della somma delle due culture...

ps. Il pelo della barba del Profeta è stupendo!
Oct 26, 2014 Deea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
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
Sep 03, 2013 Seerat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Sep 06, 2013 Jeongukim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Greg Giannakis
Apr 20, 2016 Greg Giannakis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"But 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 read, I kick. Ropes, I do not choose between you. Lassoes, lariats, I choose neither of you, and both. Do you hear? I refuse to choose."
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
I read these short stories in danish, but Im reviewing in english for my bookclub. I also have to admit, that this book came under the cathegory Books I shy away from on my challenge for 2016 - so the 2 star rating was somewhat to be expected.

I loved this pink cover - but at the same time I have to quote " Never judge a book by its cover", in this case the cover was better than the book.

I was not impressed, only bored and bewildered, whats the point of this? I didnt get closure from any of the
Jun 14, 2016 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Salman Rushdie says a lot in a few short stories. He's clearly not willing to give up on either his East or his West heritage. And that's good because it gives him a unique voice. You can learn a lot from reading him.
Katy Wilmotte
Nov 15, 2013 Katy Wilmotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 14, 2014 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anirudh Parthasarathy
East, West is a collection of nine short stories, six of them published severally before this book was compiled. The book has three parts, the first being East with three short stories based in South Asia followed by West similarly set in the other hemisphere and the last portion being East, West where the stories feature Indians settled in UK.

This collection, as always, followed the typical Rushdie style of a strong theme delivered through an abstract story and from the first portion, East, I r
Nov 09, 2014 J.C. rated it really liked it
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
Preet Kaur
I was disappointed with this book.
Nabilah Huda Nasaruddin
At first, I found it hard to comprehend and accept some of the impressions portrayed in the book but later on, I realized that perhaps the whole idea was purposely set up to simulate real scenarios that we often stumble upon in our daily life such as rumors, gossips, created stories that based on imagination and exaggeration. The book provides us a tool to explore our consciousness and creates a device that activates our mind on how to handle ourselves if we fell upon such perplexing situations ...more
Jan 15, 2009 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 26, 2016 Pedro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irei comentar cada um dos contos em separado, deixando a apreciação global para o final.

Um Bom Conselho e Uma Jóia Rara
É fácil simpatizar com esta mulher misteriosa que chega. As personagens estão muito bem construídas e o conto consegue invocar essa Índia que já não existe. A surpresa final ajuda com que fiquemos com uma impressão muito positiva.
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O Rádio Grátis
O autor assumiu o risco de contar a história na terceira pessoa e saiu-se muito bem. A gestão de informação foi bem conseguida
"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
Mar 01, 2015 Rosigerante rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
"East, West" is a collection of short stories by the world acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie.
Although I didn't enjoy all of the short stories - I even skipped one of them (Yorick) - the ones I did like, I liked very much.
I liked all three stories under the 'East' section, I didn't like a single story from 'West' - there were just too many allusions to other literary and pop cultures e.g. Shakespeare's Ophelia and Hamlet, Christopher Columbus, I just couldn't understand the story fully, neither did
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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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