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The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
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Feb 12, 2010

really liked it

Midnight's Children is one of my favorite books of all time, which puts an unfair burden on The Satanic Verses. Because, in my mind, this Rushdie effort doesn't quite match the genius of his first major work, I have to relegate it to 4 stars. It doesn't hold together quite as well as Midnight's, some of the major subplots and mini-stories weren't as well integrated with the whole as others, and at points he allowed himself to wander a bit -- unsure where to go until he was ready to wrap up. Also, as you probably have heard, the blasphemy in here against Islam is enough to make a Dutch cartoonist cringe. Not that I minded it -- in fact those elements supplied the most evocative and inspired writing in the whole novel. They were also, however, occasionally distracting.

Regardless, it's still a phenomenal literary effort, worthy of the praise it's received. If my paragraph above seems negative, it's just me trying to justify giving a book only 4 stars even though it was better than most of what I've read in the past year or two. When I read books like this, it makes me wonder why I bother picking up other, lesser known works that sometimes don't turn out to be particularly great. There are so many sure-things out there, why don't I stick to them??

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message 1: by Diana (new)

Diana I've never read Rushdie, but your review may inspire me to do so. It'd be a shame to only read "sure-things"....better to discover hidden gems that never got the big press.

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