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The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
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Jan 12, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, 2009-read, 3965p-box3
Read in January, 2009

I liked it more than I thought I would. Rushdie is a bit exceedingly heavy-handed with the symbolism (I mean, Indian expatriate who denies his Indian roots turns into the incarnation of evil? Come on!), but makes up for it by his pungent prose. Beware though. If sentences like, "Exit Pimple, weeping, censored, a scrap on a cutting-room floor." or "Here he is neither Mahomet nor MoeHammered; has adopted, instead, the demon-tag the farangis hung around his neck." make you cringe then you'll want to avoid this like the plague. But if you find it bracingly different, then plunge right in. An Indian magic realist look at racism, identity, religion, and redemption.
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Yulia Great review. I couldn't get past the first few sentences myself. It'll be great to have your insight into Midnight's Children when we discuss it on CR.

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