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Fury by Salman Rushdie
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Mar 16, 10

Read in January, 2009

My first Salman Rushdie book and I loved it. He has become one of my favorite authors.

This book is about a cambridge-educated professor who has a messed up childhood and becomes a creator of alternate worlds in his bid to live a better life. His creation becomes wildly popular and lucrative. But in its popularity, he loses control of his creation which combined with his earlier childhood experiences creates a seething fury within him. This latent fury betrays his external successes and echoes the US prosperity boom of the late 90's and its dormant rage due to people's disappointment in themselves for not being "successful" enough.

This book also shows the power of imagination in creating social realities and the loss of the creator's ideal perfection when his ideas are implemented, sometimes with disasterous consequences. Sometimes when life imitates art, the consequences are not as a great as the ideal. A real life parallel to this theme is communism. I wonder what Marx and Engels would think of their utopian idea of communism if they were alive to see his how it effected Stalinist USSR?
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